Emma Holland Mountain Training specialises in navigation training and can organise courses, training and support for all abilities and levels. If you are training to be a Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader or if you want to lead private group walks for friends or colleagues EHMT offers a very personal service to plan a session for your group or individual goals.
All of the navigational skills below are offered by Emma Holland Mountain Training - get in touch for more info or to book.
Beginners Map & Compass Skills
Spend a day with EHMT to learn the very basics of how to use a map and compass, to understand the importance of carrying a map and compass with you whilst on a walk. GPS technology, smartphones or google maps are a great compliment to finding your way or navigating a route however they should never be relied upon and this course should be your essential first step towards learning to navigate confidently and safely.
NNAS Navigation Courses
I am accredited and trained to deliver NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) courses. I am a Course Director and have experience of delivering and assessing both Bronze & Silver Levels. I can also put together any bespoke sessions (beginner to advanced) based upon requirements and experience.
Micro-navigation is the practise of finding small map details in the physical environment using pacing, timing, observation and other navigation techniques. A micro-navigation day is fun for all walkers, however Summer Mountain Leader candidates, Lowland Leader, Hill & Moorland will benefit greatly from a session to improve fine navigational skills. Depending on your existing skill level, courses will be tailored to suit your objectives.
How would you cope in the mountains if you got lost in poor visibility or it became dark before you completed your walk? Are your existing navigation skills good enough in a night-time environment?
This evening course will cover the basics of night navigation as well as more advanced techniques. The goal is to enable you to transfer your existing navigational skills into a night-time environment, or poor visibility. Weather is unpredictable in hill and mountain environments and the navigation skills you will learn on this course can be used when you encounter fog, mist or low cloud.
Contour Only Navigation
During this day session you will have an opportunity to try contour-only navigation using a contour-only map of Kinder. Being able to read the shape of the land and how to navigate by contours will really help you to develop your vision of the land around you as you walk and it will enhance your general map reading skills.
GPS Devices and On-line Mapping
GPS devices must never be relied upon as your main tool for navigating, but are useful for a back up in an emergency situation or to pinpoint your precise location if you are practicing micro-navigation.
So, just how well do you know your preferred GPS device or app? Have you explored all of its functions and can you access them quickly with cold fingers while wearing gloves? Does it work on airplane mode and how much battery life will you need? Have you heard of Viewranger & OS Maps amongst many others? Would you like to find out how to enable your smartphone to function as a GPS?
These questions and more will be covered. I have a broad range of experience with a variety of GPS devices and apps and I will provide you with advice on the different functions of each.
GPS for Mountain Leaders
The use of GPS devices and mapping apps are not currently permitted during Mountain Leader assessment week, but they are discussed during training and if you own one it is useful to know how to use it.