Hillwalking Courses 2014

Posted on September 17th, 2014 · Posted in Latest News, UFRC Courses

MOUNTAIN NAVIGATION – Date of course is Sat 4th Oct.

This course has been designed for those new to navigation in the hills who wish to learn basic skills (Basic Skills level); and also those wishing to refresh their present skills and develop more advanced techniques (Advanced Skills level).

At the beginning of the course participants will meet with Tollymore NOC leaders to consider with them their current knowledge/experience and decide which level of course the participant should attend. If any person attending has a particular aspect of navigation they would wish to look at in more detail eg re-location techniques please contact George Acheson (Tel : 02893340642) beforehand. In this way Clubs/individual walkers can help design the course programme and ensure topics important to them are covered. A morning classroom session will be followed by practice in the nearby hills.

Basic Skills level will include : orientating the map, contour interpretation, measuring distance, taking a bearing and walking on a bearing.

Advanced Skills level will include : much finer detail contour understanding, navigation tactics, pacing and timing and re-location techniques.

GROUP MANAGEMENT IN THE HILLS

Many Club walk leaders have questions about how to plan a group walk and how to manage their group safely when walking in the hills. This course has been designed for both those considering leading groups for the first time and those wishing to refresh and update their group management skills. If any person attending has a particular aspect of group management they would like covered please contact George Acheson (Tel : 02893340642) beforehand. In this way Clubs/individual walkers can help design the course programme and ensure all aspects important to them are fully addressed. A morning classroom session will be followed by practice in the nearby hills.

Aspects covered will include : know your group, planning beforehand, route card and risk assessment, briefing,  group management “on the move”, suitable terrain, steep ground management, handling an incident. Possible scenarios will be considered.

GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE DAY FOR BOTH COURSES

09.00             Arrival and Register – enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits

09.30             Meet up with instructors followed by a morning classroom session

12.30             Light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be provided

13.00             Practical sessions in the nearby hills

16.30             Return to Tollymore NOC – consider what has been learnt.

17.00             Depart

WHAT YOU WILL NEED : Tollymore NOC will supply any technical equipment required – however, those attending should bring  their usual hill walking clothing and equipment. As a minimum this should be proper hill walking boots, warm clothing layers, fleece jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, warm hat and gloves, gaiters, 1 ; 25,000 Mournes map, Silva type compass, small first kit and any personal medication, torch, notebook, pencil, and small day pack @ 30 litres. Perhaps a change of clothes in case wet weather.

A flask with a warm drink may also be useful – and any other small snacks you normally carry on the hills. These courses can be quite static so it is better to come prepared and keep warm and comfortable. 

Should you require more information please contact George Acheson (tel : 02893340642). 

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