Round up of the Navigation Courses in 2012

Well, the season ends for the highly successful group day Navigation courses; as the nights are drawing in, it is no longer possible to fit in a full day instruction (please remember shorter, private lessons are still available at reduced price though!).

Navigation training

Over the summer we’ve put a number of runners and walkers through their paces. As the Rescue Team receive some of the fees paid they have benefitted to the tune of around £400 in the last year, so thank you from all at Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.

The response to the courses has been fantastic and I am always interested to hear how you are all getting with your new found skills.   Please let me know what you’ve been up to.  Many of you have posted comments about the courses on Facebook but unfortunately not all have come through to the website…so I’ve put together a few for your perusal.

Of course less daylight does have some advantages and I’ll be running Night Navigation courses soon.

And as for 2013, I’ll be running 2 day trips to the lakes next year with discounts available for anyone who has been on a day course this year.

Comments from 2012

“Great nav course today Ian. Thanks”
James Pierce

“Attended Ian’s course on the Saturday – we had lovely weather, not sure how he managed to pull that one off! I learnt a lot and feel much more confident about my navigational skills – just need to go and put them into practice now. Ian was also a mine of information about the area and the wildlife – I would highly recommend attending one of his courses, it was thoroughly enjoyable.”
Nikki Skegg

“Ian, just wanted to say thank you for the great navigation course on Sunday. It’s amazing just how much you can learn in a day, I should have done it years ago!”
Andrea Steel

“How satisfying?… using skills, developed recently with you on your Navigation Course, while out in mist on Gable, and having the mist lift to reveal exactly what was envisaged… Seriously satisfying!”
David Hecker 

“Very good navigation course well thought out and done in two parts. The morning was set around the Langsett area and the afternoon was set in the trickier terrain of Bleaklow. I picked up a lot of very useful knowledge. I feel more confident reading a map and using a compass and look forward to getting out and practising. Thank you Ian!”
Ellen Brooks 

“Fantastic navigation course, despite the terrible weather! Ian is very helpful and competent guide. I now feel confident & reassured map reading and navigating having brushed up on my skills. Great course, very helpful, I would highly recommend. Thank you”
Tammy Elston

“I have just attended my first basic navigational course, because I needed to learn more about map reading, and using a compass properly! My mentor was Ian Winterburn. Ian was the perfect tutor for the complete novice like myself as he has an abundance of enthusiasm for everything outdoors a wealth of knowledge and experience in both navigation and mountain craft. He has now given me the confidence to go out further and for longer on the fells. Thank you for a fantastic day, I would highly recommend this course for anyone who lacks confidence.”
Stuart Bond Dark Peak