• duration:
    1 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:
    1:6

  • booking cost:
    £15.00 PP

course info

The ultimate testing ground for the hillwalker is to be able to navigate in bad weather or when darkness falls on the mountains. The only way to prepare for this type of eventuality is to actually get outside and do it in a safe and controlled session. Our instructors will give you step by step guidance on how to navigate at night so that you can develop the strategies and skills you need to do this for real.

How experienced do I need to be?

Ideally you will need to know the basics of navigation and how to use the map and compass in the daytime. If you’re looking for a course to teach you the basics why not check out our Back to Basics Course that we run in the Peak District, Staffordshire and North Wales.

How fit do I need to be?

This course is aimed at all hillwalkers and mountain walkers who have a moderate level of fitness. During the session we will focus more on core skills and micro navigation rather than large distances and you can expect to walk between 4-8km throughout the evening dependant on the group

What time do we start and finish

North Wales Sessions 

The North Wales session will start at 7pm outside Joe Browns Outdoor store in Capel Curig, North Wales. We will finish back at the cars for around 10:00pm latest. Full details of the session wil be sent out once you book your place.

Peak District Sessions

The Peak District sessions will begin at the Pay and Display car park on the high street in Hope. The session will begin at 7pm and will finish around 10pm. 

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

You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.

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Testimonials

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 !

Chris

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!

Kirsty

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.

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