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There are a few places left on the training and assessment for Silver National Navigation Award on 11th and 12th April & 2nd and 3rd May.
It costs just £65 for the training and assessment to gain this National Award.
If you want to be more confident in getting off the beaten track or you just want to brush up on some essential skills, then this is just the course for you! Contact Mountain Experience for more details or to book a place.
Mountain Experience are delighted to announce two successful candidates in the last of this year’s NNAS Silver assessments. Heather and Ingrid braved some dreadful weather that really tested their navigational skills and physical stamina, to successfully achieve the Silver award.
“It was excellent – I felt quite apprehensive and unsure of my skills to start with, but now feel I have a solid base on which to build. It was fun too!” said Heather. “Nigel’s methods are ‘non threatening’ He makes you feel very comfortable in the learning environment.” added Ingrid.
The weather wasn’t ideal for photos of the day, but we were rewarded with a great double rainbow toward the end of day 2.
Mountain Experience were delighted to award Gayle M. with a Silver National Navigation Award over the weekend. For various reasons, what should have been a full course was gradually whittled right down to just one candidate. Not to be put off, Gayle benefited from one to one tuition and delivered a creditable performance over the two days.
“The clear instruction and presentation was fun! Nigel is very knowledgeable and makes learning easy.” said Gayle. “I would gladly recommend this course to anyone wishing to develop their skills.”
Nigel Lewis attended a week’s training in Norway as part of his International Mountain Leader course.
As well as spending every day snowshoe walking on the Hardangervidda plateau, the course included practical instruction on avalanche avoidance and snow appreciation, rescue scenarios, snow shelter construction, protecting clients on steep ground including snow anchors and step cutting, and of course lots of environmental appreciation.
The course was delivered by Plas Y Brenin, and it was the first time it has ever been held in Norway.
Straight after the course, Nigel was putting his new found knowledge into practice with a winter ascent of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa’s Atlas Mountains. The week long trip was part of a training package delivered by the leading company “World Challenge” and Nigel joined other youth leaders for a series of scenario based exercises that were woven throughout the expedition.
Following the courses Nigel said, “It’s been a busy but extremely rewarding few weeks. The experiences gained will undoubtedly help Mountain Experience to deliver an excellent service to future clients.”
Mountain experience are pleased to announce that four clients successfully achieved the National Navigation Award Scheme’s Silver Award. They all showed their ability to navigate safely across mountainous terrain and had a really good time doing so! Day one had some really mixed weather and day two was a real reward with a big sky and great views.The two days involved building on skills they already had and learning a few new tips and tricks to make navigation that much accurate and easier.
The whole experience was summed up when John M said, “The two days have been brilliant!”
There are more photo’s here. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Experience/152192984986847?hc_location=timeline
Congrats to Nigel Lewis who has just passed his Speed Navigation Test as part of the International Mountain Leader Award. The test consisted of navigating to marker flags spread over the side of Moel Siabod in Snowdonia. He was allowed a time of 2 hours 43 minutes and was delighted to romp home with 50 minutes to spare. Congratulations also to all the other aspirant leaders who passed on the same day.
Six members of South Wales Mountaineering Club undertook their Silver National Navigation Award this weekend, in really testing conditions.
The group quickly put their skills to the test as the visibility changed from distant views of the English coastline to just a few dozen metres at most! Over the two days, they demonstrated that they could safely plan routes in open country, and navigate to them with pinpoint accuracy.
Following the course, Cari E said, “I Just wanted to say thank you again for a really great course this weekend. I feel like I’ve brushed up well on bits I knew as well as learning quite a few new tools and techniques. The best thing about the course was being able to put all we have learned into practice – in really harsh conditions!”
The next Silver course will be running on the weekend of 7th and 8th December and there just a few places left.
Would you like something with an award at the end of it? Maybe you’re already doing something like a DofE award and you want some navigation training to compliment it? Mountain Experience are registered to train and assess the National Navigation Award Scheme.
Complete beginners, as well as those more experienced in navigation, can undertake either the Bronze or Silver Award. Further your knowledge and understanding of not only the science, but more importantly, the art of navigation.
The training and assessment can take place over a single weekend and there will be a maximum of 6 students.
You can enter at either level, with the Bronze Award being appropriate for those who want the confidence to plan and follow routes using paths and tracks. The higher award is more suitable for those who want to get off the beaten track.
Mountain experience had a great day out today with the return of the sun!
A full days Navigation training was enjoyed with all students enjoying great success.