General: This is the first day of a 2 day navigation course for beginners, the aim of which is to help participants gain confidence in the hills. We will be following the NNAS Bronze level syllabus, which is covered over 2 days (2nd day to be arranged). This is a free course suitable for beginners, with minimal or no navigation experience, however before signing up, please ensure you are fit enough to spend 6 hours on the hills. You will also require a map (Explorer 344 - Pentland Hills), a map case and a quality compass (Silva type 4 recommended).
Route: We will navigate around the Hillend area of the Pentlands.
Distance: Up to 10k
Suitability: Please do not deprive someone else of this opportunity unless you are prepared to spend 6 hours navigating out on the hills and are committed to attending a second day's training (mutual date to be agreed at the end of the first session). Unfortunately there will be no opportunity to complete the second days training at a later time if you are unable to attend on the agreed date, so please bear this in mind before signing up.
Please read our Participation Statement
Please remember that you are responsible for deciding if this course is suitable for you, coming adequately prepared and looking after yourself on the day. If we think the course is not suitable for you or you do not seem to have the right equipment, we reserve the right to refuse to let you join, for your's and the group's safety and comfort.
Please indicate on your RSVP if you are able to give or need a lift.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
Clothing & Equipment
You must ensure that you come adequately prepared for this walk.
A recommended gear list can be found on the MCofS website.
Please don't forget to bring a map with a note of the route description and a compass.
Please make sure you check the weather forecast before you come. If the forecast is very poor I may rearrange the date.
Mountain Weather Information Service