• duration:
    1 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £65 PP

course info

Autumn is a fantastic time of year to get out into the mountains and the cooler air and quieter summits make for a more enjoyable, peaceful day out. The arrival of autumn however, does bring new challenges to the hillwalker and the reduced visibility and shorter days make planning and navigating more crucial than they are in the summer months.


What will you cover?

Our Intermediate navigation course will look at all aspects of walking in the mountains from planning around bad weather, navigating in reduced visibility and what to do in an emergency. We also look at lots of softer skills like what to wear in the autumn and winter months and any extra kit you would need to take out with you!

Who is this course aimed at?

Our intermediate navigation course is aimed at the hillwalker looking to learn how to navigate in poor visibility or bad weather. Ideally you will have a basic understanding of using the map and compass or are looking for a refresher to prepare you for the winter months. This course is also ideal for people who have already attended one of our Hill/Mountain Skills courses or our Back to Basics course!

During the day you will look at:

  • Route planning (Planning around bad weather, understanding wind speeds etc)
  • Fundamental navigation skills (Taking a bearing, map features, distance, scale)
  • Strategies for navigating in poor visibility.
  • Contour lines and how they are key to navigating in bad visibility.
  • Compass bearings and how to use them effectively.
  • What to do in an emergency.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need a good level of fitness to attend this course as we will be walking between 8-10 miles in mountainous terrain. The pace will be kept gentle with plenty of stops to look at navigation throughout the day!


My main aim is to enable you to learn the skills you need in a fun and engaging environment. I purposely keep groups sizes small to ensure maximum learning so that myself or our instructors can focus more on you and what you need. I do on occasion bring in one of my friends to instruct or run session for me. All of my friends are qualified instructors with years of experience and hold the relevant qualifications, first aid and insurance for the course they will be leading. 


course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

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My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

Polly Hornby

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