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NNAS Bronze National Navigation Award

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Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th March 2022

Bookings Open
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Bookings Close
Thursday 10th March 2022
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £130.00   
Rebecca North

What the course is about:

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a nationally recognised qualification delivered by Peak Confidence on behalf of NNAS.

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.

The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

What you will cover: 

  • Navigate using a variety of maps and scales.
  • Use 4 and 6 figure grid references with worded descriptions to define the position of a map feature and to locate a feature on the ground.
  • Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.
  • Use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  • Relate prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.
  • Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be aware that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.
  • Use an orientated map to confirm the direction of travel.
  • Use clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.
  • Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g.100m.
  • Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.
  • Be aware of the use of mobile phone location apps as a back up to map and compass and in emergencies.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities, the Countryside Code and sustainability.
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.

Course programme:

Two days navigation training both in the classroom and out on the hills.

What to bring: 

·       Warm clothes – we will spend a lot of time moving slowly so more layers than you would expect

·       Sturdy walking boots with good grip

·       Waterproof jacket and trousers, with taped seams.

·       Lunch, snacks and a hot drink.

·       A compass – Silva type 4 with a good size base plate is ideal.

·       Ordnance Survey map of the area – OL4 1:25,000.

About Peak Confidence:

Peak Confidence is born out of a vision that the mountains needn’t solely be the playground of bearded men and grizzled mountain guides. Our aim is for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to be able to learn new skills and to enjoy the hills with newfound confidence in their abilities. We run courses in the beautiful Lake District with our supportive guides on hand to show you all the best hidden spots.  

Some of our weekends are exclusively for women, others are mixed, and all are a comfortable environment to ask questions and learn from each other. There are a range of different events on offer, from navigation and walking, to rock climbing and beginners fell running.

About your instructor:

Hi, I’m Rebecca. I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I spent most of my adult life based in London spending many a weekend travelling up to the national parks for climbing and running. Three years ago I started living in the Lake District so that I could spend more time doing what I love. 

I have worked for many years with adults and young people who have mental health problems, and alcohol and substance use issues. I believe the best way to improve people’s lives is to empower them to take responsibility for their own recovery and I am passionate about supporting people through this and giving them the tools to do it successfully. I have put this into action through working and volunteering for organisations such as St Mungo’s, local church organisations and the NHS, and I am also an expedition leader for British Exploring Society expeditions. 

I have completed several ultramarathons and enjoy fell running as a way to explore the hills. When the weather allows, I also enjoy climbing and I am particularly excited by big, mountaineering multi-pitch climbs which allow me to explore remoter parts of the mountains. I hold Summer Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and Outdoor First Aid qualifications

My leadership style has been described as ‘calm, well informed, quietly clear and powerful while easy going’. My aim is the bring out the best in students and allowing them to work things out for themselves while also realising how much potential they have.

Accommodation - We recommend:

·                Borrowdale YHA

·                Chapel House Farm Campsite

·                Stonethwaite National Trust Campsite

·                Local cottages

Other courses from Peak Confidence

Tue 20 Sep 22 Nav for Runners + Mountain Marathons
Wed 21 Sep 22 Beginners Mountain Running
Thu 13 Oct 22 NNAS Bronze National Navigation Award

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