Leaving the security of the lowlands and taking to the higher mountains and summits is hugely rewarding. Transforming our run from a bit of fun exercise to a full days activity. We can travel through the mountain environment surprisingly quickly; traveling light and covering terrain differently.
With this great freedom to roam comes greater risks and challenges that we need to manage, and an awareness of a the extra skills needed to head into the high wilderness is vital to safe enjoyable mountain running.
The main emphasis of this course will be to develop navigation skills away from defined paths and trails so that we can confidently head across open ground. This will include information gathering, from contour lines and features, and relating them to the map to find our position. We will also look at compass skills so that we can keep on track even in poor visibility and darkness.
The mountain terrain will also challenge our running technique. We will look at tips for uphill running and walking as well as refine our downhill techniques to find grip on loose surfaces, give us control on fast descents and fly over rocky terrain safely.
An important part of running in the mountains is being equipped in the event of an injury or emergency. We will look at essential equipment and emergency procedures.
Based near Aviemore we have easy access to the mountains and a huge variety of trails and locations that we can use for our training. This course includes two days of instruction and does not include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own.
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This course is ideally paired with our Navigation for runners 1 day course, setting the foundation navigation skills that we can build on in the mountains.
The day will be a continuous journey through the mountains, with some nice running mixed with steeper walking and slower sections as we explore the subjects. A good level of mountain walking fitness along with a base of off road running experience will help you to get the most out of the day.
A good understanding of the basic navigation skills of map reading and using a compass are useful. Our navigation for runners course is a good base for this course.
We will be aiming for a full day in the mountains so we will have to be prepared to deal with everything that the mountains and the Scottish weather can throw us. Whilst we don’t want to be over burdened it is essential that every member of the team is carrying the correct equipment to deal with the unexpected. To ensure your safety the following kit list is therefore compulsory for each individual. Additional safety equipment will be carried by the guides.
Spare warm jacket - long sleeved warmer layer
Waterproofs - Jacket with long sleeves and hood and waterproof overtrousers
Adequate footwear - Fell shoes or trail shoes only
Head torch - light weight e.g Petzl e-lite
Survival bag - lightweight survival bag, Blizzard blanket recommended
Maps will be provided
Food - Enough lunch and snacks to fuel a full day in the mountains
First aid kit – the guides will be carrying emergency first aid supplies but if you can have a small personal kit with blister pack/compeed and any personal medication.
If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.
We will meet at Aviemore Tennis Club
There is parking on site and it is 15 minutes walk from Aviemore train station.
Aviemore has a wide variety of accommodation options
We recommend Hostelling Scotland hostels in Aviemore or Glenmore where you can get a 10% discount by using the code TRAILRUN
We also recommend the wigwam accommodation at Badaguish outdoor centre and can offer a 15% discount. Just write in the notes on your booking
"Course Member Trail Running Scotland 15%"
"Both days were really enjoyable, interesting learning experiences and I got a lot out of yesterday's run. You've got a brilliantly relaxed teaching style. You're able to impart a lot of knowledge and experience effectively. I feel like I learned a lot without it ever feeling laborious or unachievable. I definitely feel a lot more confident about being able to navigate a new route somewhere I've not been before and will be more adventurous in route planning, especially when I'm out on my own. "