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Saturday 4th November 2017

Night Navigation Course for runners
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Friday 22nd September 2017
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Friday 3rd November 2017
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Booking Fee   £60.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

Night Navigation Course for runners - 4th November 2017

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. 

How many times have you been caught out?

This course will give you the necessary confidence & skills to head out during the day and night in the mountains during the winter months.

(Need to know more about Winter Running? Book on one of our Winter Skills Courses)


£60 per person. 

We will run the course on a 1:5, tutor to student basis. This is so you get the necessary attention and you get the most out of the day/night.

Ratio (Tutor to Client): 1:5 maximum


The course will be held on the 4th November 2017


17:00 until 22:00

The Location: 

We'll meet at the Helvellyn Basecamp in Glenridding (Mountain Run HQ, Glenridding, CA11 0PD).

If you can't find the location, you might have trouble with navigation!

On a Night Navigation Skills Night 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.

Course Details: 

The course will entail: 

Theory and conversation/questions until we have a break around 19:00 & a quick bite to eat. After our break we will spend the rest of the time practicing what we have learnt in the theory and develop more skills on the mountains. We'll use the mountains around Glenridding as our practice ground, it is perfect night navigation terrain. 


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 150 lumens is necessary for good night navigation, anything above is a good bonus. There are some very powerful head torches available now-a-days. 
  • Survival Bag - We recommend a Blizzard Bagfor 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.
  • 2 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 balaclave & 3 x Gloves (1 light, 1 warm & 1 waterproof)
  • Hill-food & a flaskfor a warm drink. 

Please advise us of your experience, whether you understand anything, took a course in the past, we're an orienteer at school or are completely new to mountain marathon events. Email your details to

About Mountain Run: 

Charlie, who runs and teaches the skills course, is a seasoned Mountain Marathon runner, having a couple of wins under his belt in the partnered classes, score & linear. 

He has planned mountain marathon courses freelance for companies like Ourea Events and has been the course planner for the Marmot Dark Mountains 2013, 2015 and 2016, and in the past has planned courses for the GL3DBerghaus Trail Chase. He has also planned for the Saunders Lakeland Mountain MarathonRab Mountain Marathon & the Marmot 24.

He is also race planner & director for the Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races. In between other things he also delivers the epic Lakes Sky Ultra  and Scafell Sky Race events (he is the creator of these mega mountain races).

You can be confident when you book a course with Mountain Run that you are getting years of experience in the mountains whether racing or just having fun.

Other tutor's will have similar experience.

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