Navigation is an essential skill for anyone heading away from the security of roads and parks. It’s the fundamental skill needed to break the barrier that limits us to familiar trails and opens up a world of exploring new possibilities.
As runners, we want to navigate differently to hill-walkers. We can show you simple techniques that keep your navigation fast and fluid, keeping you on track without having to stop. We’ll also - importantly - make sure you know what to do if you get lost!
We’ll start with fundamental good habits of map setting and direction finding and use these to help us to navigate around a variety of trails. As we go, we'll add to this by recognising different features on both the ground and map, along with ways to measure distance as we go.
Compass skills start simple, to check the direction of our trails and help us to find where we are. This builds to using a compass to go cross-country, away from the trail.
We’ll look at route planning skills and resources, so when we set off running, we know how far it is, how much climbing is involved, and how long it’s likely to take us.
Our courses take place in Aviemore and the Pentland Hills, where we have a huge variety of trails we can use for our training.
This course includes one full day of instruction and doesn’t include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own.
|15 April||Pentland hills||£85||Places available||Book now|
|27 May||Aviemore||£85||Places available||Book now|
|4 November||Pentland hills||£85||Places available||Book now|
If these dates don't work for you please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.
The day will be a mix of a number of short runs, active workshops and some indoor sessions, so a basic level of running fitness is all you need to make the most of the weekend. If you can run 5k without stopping you should be fine. We are likely to cover around 8km in the afternoon, walking the hills.
No previous navigation experience is necessary.
The workshops will be a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions.
Waterproof jacket (with taped or welded seams and a hood)
Montane Spine Waterproof Jacket (for men)
Montane Spine Waterproof Jacket (for women)
Waterproof trousers (with taped or welded seams)
Montane Minimus Waterproof Pants (for men)
Montane Minimus Waterproof Pants (for women)
Spare* synthetic insulated upper layer
*We recommend carrying approximately 300g of synthetically insulated upper layers.
Montane Men's Fireball Lite 360g
Montane Women's Fireball Lite 320g
Hat and gloves suitable for the weather conditions
For cold conditions, we recommend:
Montane Prism Mitt
Montane Via Stretch Beanie
For mild/warm conditions, we recommend:
Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Waterproof Cap (unisex)
Lifesystems Light And Dry Thermal Bivi Bag
Trail running shoes - Bring what you have and we can discuss options. Get in touch if you want more advice before the course.
Clean trainers for indoors
Compass if you have one
Maps will be provided
We will be based at Badaguish Outdoor Centre in Glenmore. From the roundabout at the south end of Aviemore, take the road towards Glenmore & Cairngorm. After 4.2 miles the turning to Badaguish is on the left
Wigwam accommodation is availbale onsite at Badaguish at a discount of 15%. Just make a booking through their website and use the code TRS21
Alternatively Aviemore has a wide variety of accommodation options
We also recommend Hostelling Scotland hostels in Aviemore or Glenmore where you can get a 10% discount by using the code TRAILRUN
Pentland hills courses
We are based at the Bonaly Outdoor Centre just off the Edinburgh bypass
Directions are here