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Mountain Navigation Skills Class - Snowdonia

Brush up on your navigation skills with this full day experience in Wales. With an expert instructor on hand, you'll put the theory into practice and take on the mountainous Snowdonia region.

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Explore Snowdonia and learn valuable skills with this mountain navigation experience! With your expert instructor on hand throughout, you’ll experience the true beauty of the welsh mountains and learn the art of navigation as you practise safely guiding yourself through the breath-taking scenery of Snowdonia.

Your day out in the mountains begins as you meet the rest of your group at a local café. You’ll spend the first three hours getting to grips with the skills needed in order to successfully navigate routes in the wilderness. These skills include: map scales and symbols, grid references, contours, compass bearings and pre planning simple routes and how to correctly follow them - without getting lost! Once you’ve learned the basics, it’ll be time to hit the hill and put theory into practice as you decipher features in the surrounding area and match them to your map! You’ll have a break to refuel with your own packed lunch, then it’ll be more navigating as you practise the skills you’ve acquired throughout the day! All this takes place with the perfect backdrop of Snowdonia’s mountains, giving you the chance to experience the great British outdoors like you never have before.

This Mountain Navigation Skills Class is the perfect experience gift for anyone looking to learn the skills needed to successfully navigate the wilderness. This is a great experience for groups, or to take alone, and you'll walk away with skills you need to explore the wonderful mountains of Snowdonia safely and with confidence. 

Minimum Age: 12 years (Under 18's must be accompanied by a participating adult).

Participants must be in good health and fitness as this is a physical experience. You may be walking up to 10 miles, including rough terrain and steep inclines.
The entire navigation skills day will last between 6-8 hours depending on the weather and groups size.

You'll need to arrive at the meeting point for 9:00am and will begin with a theory based lesson. At around 11, you'll head out to the hillsides to put your knowledge into practice, stopping for lunch between 13:00-13:30. After lunch you'll continue your hiking and practice all the skills you have gathered throughout the day.

This navigation skills and hiking experience requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to go ahead.
The maximum group size is 20 people.

This mountain navigation skills class is not suitable for spectators.

The Mountain Navigation Skills Class usually takes place once a month between March and December.
For specific dates and availability, please contact our team.
Participants are required to wear good walking boots (that have previously been worn-in) and warm clothing. A waterproof jacket is also highly recommended. You may wish to bring a pair of gloves and a hat as temperatures can drop as you climb the mountains.

Please bring a packed lunch in a backpack.

Any additional clothing or equipment requirements will be advised upon booking a date for your experience.
Due to the nature of this hiking and navigation skills lesson, your experience may be affected by extreme weather conditions such as high winds and snow.
If your experience is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, you will simply be re-scheduled for an alternative date.
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Expert InterviewThis week we have been catching up with Ian Cooper, a hiking instructor from one of our newest experience providers - Hiking Equipment Reviews.

Having walked and scrambled the Snowdonia region at least twice a week for the past 10 years, Ian is something of an expert and is keen to spread the word about this beloved region of Wales. Check out our interview to learn more about the range of unique guided hiking tours and mountain navigation skills workshops they have to offer.

Snowdonia Hiking SkillsHi Ian, could you explain a little about the history of Hiking Equipment Reviews as a company? Where did an interest in the industry stem from?
I started the business in 2015 after realising that there is a market for the type of things that I enjoy doing. I have been walking the hills and mountains of Snowdonia for many years, and never get tired of the place I love. I thought ‘why not give other people the opportunity to see some of the amazing sights that the place has to offer?’ I am self-employed and the owner of the company, and hope to make it the place where people will come to see what they have been missing out on.

How has the company developed?
About 6 months ago, I started being asked by friends and family if I could take them on walks and up the mountains of Snowdonia. Then they brought friends along too. I then realised that there could be a business opportunity to take people up the hills. After a bit of research, and with the help of social media, the word soon spread and I am now getting regular bookings. My family were originally from a place called Bethesda, a small town in the heart of Snowdonia, so maybe it’s in my blood!

Port Dinorwic hiking experienceWhat can customers expect from a navigation skills class or guided hike with you?
Customers can expect to leave a navigation skills class run by UK Hiking with more confidence in themselves and their map and compass abilities. They will learn how to safely move around mountainous areas using a map and compass more effectively and efficiently, reducing time spent looking at a map, and therefore giving them more time to soak up the fantastic surroundings you could find yourself in.

On a UK Hiking guided walk you can explore some of Britain’s finest wild and mountainous areas, under the watchful eye of a professional mountain leader - all of whom are qualified and first aid trained, holding public liability insurance. All safety aspects and route planning is down to the mountain leader, leaving customers free to fully embrace the day and the magical environment in which they may find themselves!

12314614_442477219276713_8200179740815865604_oWhat makes your tours unique and special for customers?
The passion our leaders have is second to none. They all have a deep desire and love for the great outdoors and they will to share their personal passion with customers - hoping to influence people’s lives. They also have a very solid knowledge of the mountainous regions of the UK and the flora and fauna which can be found on the highland areas. Most of our leaders are multi-activity instructors in a variety of sports ranging from water sports, mountain biking, bushcraft and survival living, to foraging for wild edibles. To that end, if anything of interest presents itself on one of our days, the leaders will be sure to share with and educate the group.

Nantlle - SnowdoniaWhat’s the biggest perk of your job?
Being out in the great outdoors with plentiful fresh air and witnessing some of the finest views the UK can offer. Taking people out and showing them some of the sights that we see every day. The feedback we get off the customers is also second to none. You can tell just by looking at them that they have had the most amazing time and are sometimes quite taken aback by some of the amazing views.

What’s your most frequently asked question from customers...and could you share the answer with us?
We get asked a lot of questions while out on the walks, mostly about the different mountains that can be seen. Questions such as: ‘What’s the name of that one?’ or ‘How difficult is it if we decided to go up there?’ We also get asked about the flora and fauna of the area and the geology and history of the Snowdonia.

Hiking SkillsDo you have any exclusive information you can share with us?
We are running a charity event in aid of the numerous Mountain Rescue organisations around Snowdonia, North Wales in 2016 – The Welsh 3000 for MRT. Summiting all 15 major summits over 3000ft in 24 hours. We also have Coast to Coast events running this year which is a superb long distance walk crossing the breadth of England - 192 miles in total. Events and ideas will spring up throughout the year so it is best to keep an eye on the page.

Anything else you’d like to add?
To put it all in a nutshell: we offer guided walks in some of the most beautiful parts of Wales. People sometimes can’t believe what they have on their doorstep. We find great pleasure in being able to share our knowledge and understanding of the environment.

If you'd like to book a guided hike with Ian and his team, please check out the experiences on offer, here - the opportunities are almost endless!

Thanks for taking the time to share your passion and enthusiasm with us, Ian!
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