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Navigation for Mountain Runners Course

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Leitrim Lodge Car park

114 Leitrim Rd

Newry

BT34 5XX

United Kingdom

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Have you gotten horribly lost during a mountain race? Followed the wrong bloke off the summit? Had to DNF or worse still, got listed with a really bad time because you took the wrong path?

Then this navigation course is for you…

This is a practical half-day course run in the Mourne Mountains. We’ll meet at the Leitrim Lodge carpark at 10 am and be based entirely from there for all sessions.

We’ll start the day undercover with some theory work, before going outside to do some simple exercises. Once everyone is comfortable with the basics, we’ll head up on to the mountain to put into practice what we’ve learned. Typically, by the end of the course you’ll:

  • Understand maps and contours better.
  • Know how to orientate and thumb a map.
  • Understand how to use a compass, in particular take and follow a bearing.
  • Practice taking bearings on mountain terrain.
  • Improve how you read the terrain and know when something is going wrong.
  • Practice different route choices, and have an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of alternate routes.
  • Be more confident making and following a navigation plan.
  • Learn how to plot grid coordinates to help you reach race checkpoints.
  • See examples of maps prepared before races.

Of course, if there’s anything else you’d like to know about mountain navigation for runners, we’re more than happy to help out.

For example, if there’s a navigational event or mountain race you’re nervous about, we can take you step-by-step through ways of planning and running it.

What to Bring Along

  • Harveys Mourne Mountains 1:25000 map
  • Compass - make sure it doesn't have a bubble!
  • Bring along your Fell Running Association (FRA) mountain running kit – whistle, waterproof coat with hood, waterproof trousers, hat and gloves in a bumbag are a minimum for the mountain section.
  • Clothing that will keep you warm and dry – there’ll be quite a bit of standing around looking at the terrain and maps so a couple of layers would be good.
  • Fell running shoes are fine. If you prefer mountain boots to keep your feet dry, that’s perfect too.

Also note that there’ll be no mad running during this course as the emphasis will be on reading maps and taking bearings correctly. Speed demons will be slowed down on this session!

There’ll be tea, coffee and hot chocolate and a bit of cake available. If you want something more substantive (snacks/sandwiches/fruit), just bring it along for yourself.

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Leitrim Lodge Car park

114 Leitrim Rd

Newry

BT34 5XX

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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