A number of people contacted me around the last navigation training to say they would have liked to have attended last time, but were unable to make the date/time, so we have secured another date for this year, and for a Saturday. Previous attendees really enjoyed the training and left comments on meetup, such as "a well organised evening and great information for getting the basics right", and "good value for money".
Fancy having better skills on those hills? If you've always fancied learning how to navigate, or even navigate better, then here is your opportunity to find out how.
The deal for meetup members is for an experience that will give you all the navigation tools and methods you need to be able to venture and enjoy nature trails. The experience will be adapted to your specific ability, so you can easily progress.
The experience itself will be provided by Fernando, a qualified mountain leader from Perth. "I have been working, teaching navigation for over 5 years, alongside mountain craft and bushcraft. I have carried this out for schools, council and privately. I find it very rewarding giving people access to tools and skills necessary to enjoy the wild lands confidently and safely."
What we'll do:
The first section of our experience will take place in a venue in Perth (Rodney gym car park) where we will have a quick introduction and get stuck right into the theory side.
You will firstly be introduced to a detailed large scale map 1:10000 and learn about scales, symbols, legend and become familiar with how maps represent 3 dimensional space with the use of fun exercises. At this point, you will also learn about the different components of the compass.
Map setting or orientation is the most fundamental concept of map reading. You will learn how to set the map with and without the compass.
-Thumbing - keeping a watch on your progress, following simple line features. A map walk on a large scale map e.g. 1:10000 orienteering map, introduction of contours for major ground shapes.
-Basic distance judgement, identifying and using simple catching features.
-Starting relocation skills - the experience will be adapted to your current skill level. We can look at any technique from beginner to advanced, depending on your navigation ability.
Where we'll be:
-You will have a chance to implement what you have learned during the theory section by exploring lesser known sections of Kinnoull Hill. You will navigate to hidden ruins, ancient boundary walls and unique geological features.
You will have the opportunity to test your skills by completing a short navigation race and to top it all off with some superb views (weather dependent) on the hill top.
What will be provided:
-Equipment: maps, educational material, timing cards.
What you should bring:
-Waterproofs, active footwear. If you have a compass, please bring it along so you get used to it. If you don't have one, please add a comment.
Other points to note:
On a Saturday, car parking charges will apply. I'll check what they are soon, and post it up here. Payment at the moment is cash on the day (please bring the right amount), however if we get an electronic payment set up before then, we will ask that you pay in advance of the day. Group size is limited to 8, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending, thanks.