• duration:
    1 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £45 PP

course info

Navigating is often perceived as a dark art or witchcraft that requires in depth knowledge and high skills for it to be effective. Thankfully this is not true and learning how to navigate can be a straightforward and fun exercise that will give you the confidence to venture further into the outdoors. For runners venturing into the hills and mountains it’s a vital skill and ensuring you can navigate is essential to staying safe.


Who is this course aimed at!

Our one day Mountain Running Navigation Course is aimed at trail, fell and mountain runners looking to improve their navigation and become safer and more independent in the outdoors. This course is also ideal if  you’re looking to take on a mountain running race like the OMM, LDMT or any other fell or ultra-races in the outdoors. By the end of the session you can expect to have a more structured approach to your mountain navigation and be able to navigate more efficiently and effectively.


What will we look at on the day

  • Map fundamentals (Map types, features and icons)
  • Navigation fundamentals (How to use the map and compass)
  • How to navigate efficiently when running
  • Re-location and finding where you are.
  • Fun orienteering game (Find the flags) at the end of the session to put it all into practice.  


How fit do you need to be!

While this course is more about skills than pushing you physically, you will need a good level of fitness with the ability to run 10km on trail and rough ground without stopping. Previous courses we’ve had a good mixture of ability where we walk most of the uphill’s and run the flats and downhill sections. We always make sure that everybody is looked after and nobody is left alone. If you want to discuss your fitness levels and find out if this for you, why not drop us an email and we will happily give you our advice. We would also like to stress this workshop is not aimed at elite or high end athletes so if you feel you fall into this category please email us for our alternative options.

If your looking for an introduction to Mountain Running why not check out our Mountain Running Skills Workshop which runs in Snowdonia, North Wales.  

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

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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.

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