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Friday 11th January 2019

Bookings Open
Thursday 6th December 2018
Bookings Close
Wednesday 9th January 2019
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1 Participant
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £80.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

Specifically designed to help you deal with night navigation whilst running Ultra's, Winter events or just enjoying the mountains during the darker months

We have been course planners in the past for events such as the Marmot Dark Mountains, and spend many a night running during the winter months. Night Navigation is an essential skill to have in your tool box when venturing into the mountains for a run during the winter months.

Based in Glenridding | All about Night  Navigation

What to Expect. 

A professionally run course designed by runners for runners all about navigating at night. We supply course notes, hold a theory session in-doors before heading out for roughly 4+ hours of practical skill learning and setting. Tea, coffee and cake will be available plus on-demand advice about any event you might have entered.

What Will You Learn? 

On a Night Navigation Skills Session you will learn the following:

  • A Further understanding of Navigation for night time & zero visibility
  • Understand contours in detail, this is an essential skill.
  • What features to look for to help you navigate well. In this we include catchment features, aiming off, ticking off features etc
  • Safe navigation techniques which are the basis of good navigation
  • Learn how to re-locate at night
  • How to plan your route before heading out & how to adjust your plans on the move.
  • Confidence for navigating in the dark or poor daytime vision.

Who is it for? 
Every runner undertaking a night time or in the 'depths of Winter' event. Whether you just want to add a skill to your bow and enjoy the mountains over night during the winter, are training for an event such as the Montane Cheviot Goat, Montane Spine Race or another 'winter ultra' or want to make sure you are safe during the winter should the night draw in before you are 'off the hill', then this is the course for you.

What's included? 

  • Specific race maps to view and learn from
  • A map of the area with Controls list on it
  • 1.5 hours of theory and discussion about night navigation
  • A short power point presentation
  • 4 + hours of practical application during the hours of darkness
  • Orienteering kits placed in the fells around Glenridding
  • Tea, Coffee and Cake

Course Program

Date: Friday 11th January 2019

Time: 18:00

Meeting place: Mountain Run HQ; Ullswater Visitor Centre, Glenridding, CA11 0PD


  • 18:00 - Meet and greet with Tea, Coffee and Cake
  • 18:05 - Around 1.5 hours theory in the Mountain Run HQ
  • 19:35 - 3 hour plus practical navigation session navigating to orienteering control kites
  • 00:00 - Course closes (be prepared to overrun slightly)

The course is based around the fells of the Patterdale Valley, this could be either side. Conditions dependant.

What to bring


Please bring the following and make sure you have everything, although we have some spare kit, we don't have everything:

  • Compass
  • Harvey's 1:40,000 BMC Lakes Map plus we'll also supply some race maps to work on.
  • Good quality head torch - we find minimum of 250 lumens is necessary for good night navigation, anything above is a good bonus. We recommend Silva Head Lamps.
  • Survival Bag - We recommend a Blizzard Bag for this time of year
  • Full waterproof cover (Jacket and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if your not sure.
  • Clothing suitable for the mountains & time of year - We will not really be running, so please account for that in your clothing selection (this should include a primaloft jacket, the weather could be snow, wind, rain or hail. It could possibly be all 4. We will be heading out no matter what the conditions, you will need plenty to stay warm & dry). If the group is learning well, we will incorporate some easy running towards the end of the evening.
  • 1 spare warm top, not cotton! Wool or synthetic will be fine
  • Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road running shoes. We will not really be running much though. Sealskin or Goretex socks will be a necessary. Waterproof boots would be great. We will not be running much, we will be concentrating on navigation & getting it right!
  • 2 x Hat, a balaclava & 2 x Gloves ( 1 warm & 1 waterproof)
  • Hill-food/snacks.

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