Advanced Navigation for Mountain Runners Course

Do you want to take your map and compass skills to the next level? Thinking of competing in a mountain marathon or an adventure race where you have to navigate? Maybe you just want to feel super confident on long-distance mountain races, so that you’ll be quickly relocate if you get lost?

Then this mountain navigation course is for you…

This is a practical half-day course run in the southern part of Mourne Mountains. We’ll meet at the top carpark in Kilbroney Park at 10 am (weekends) or 9.30 am (weekdays) and be based entirely from there for the session.

We’ll start the day with a quick recap of the navigation basics before plotting control sites and going on to the mountainside to put yourselves to the test. Typically, by the end of the course you’ll have:

  • Learnt about pacing and when to use this technique.
  • Practiced plotting grid references on a map.
  • Thought about route choice and understood the advantages/disadvantages of each decision, including what’s the best route given terrain, weather and your own running strengths.
  • Used attack points and catching features to help you hit your control points.
  • Identified relocating strategies when accidentally lost!
  • Practiced navigating on the move.
  • Banked considerable experience identifying features and relating the map to the ground and vice versa.
  • Practiced using an OS map as opposed to the Harveys version.
  • Considered a variety of routes to take into account speed, climb, distance and ease-of-navigation.
  • Discussed about team work in mountain marathon and adventure racing scenarios.

Of course, if there’s anything else you’d like to know about mountain navigation for runners, we’re more than happy to help out.

What to bring along

  • A 1:25000 Mourne Mountains Map, if you have one.
  • Your own compass – make sure there’s no bubble in it, as that means it’s broken!
  • Your Fell Running Association (FRA) mountain running kit – whistle, waterproof coat with hood, waterproof trousers, hat and gloves in a bumbag are a minimum for the mountain section.
  • Fell running shoes – there’ll be no mad sprinting during this course as the emphasis will be on navigating properly. However, we’ll try and jog between controls, so running shoes would be good.
  • Clothing that will keep you warm and dry – there may be a bit of standing around sometimes looking at the terrain and maps, so another spare layer would be good.

There’ll be tea, coffee and hot chocolate and a bit of cake available once we get back off the mountain. If you want something more substantive to snack on while we’re out on the mountain (snacks/sandwiches/fruit), just bring it along for yourself.

Course Dates and Price

All this for £60 per person. Each course has a maximum number of four participants, so there will be plenty of chances to ask all your burning questions. For our current dates and bookings, check out our Eventbrite page.

While you are at it, please also have a look here at our booking terms and conditions.

If the dates don’t suit, don’t worry… just get in contact and we can arrange to run the course on a date and time that suits you best!

We can also run this training as a women’s-only course… guaranteed, no blokes around to intimidate you with their knowledge or speed! If you have a group of gals in mind, just let us know when suits best and we can arrange.