The 2021 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen in these difficult times. Hope to see you all next year!


Introduction to Map & Compass

By popular request, we are offering an introduction to mountain navigation this year. The session may kick off with a short classroom session to cover the basics of navigation, then head onto the hill to an area suitable for practising map and compass skills in a fun and hands-on way.

 | Overview

Distance
max. 10km

Highest Point Gained
max. 874m

Walk Duration
8hrs

Terrain
Rough mountain paths and steep sections; rough, pathless and potentially boggy terrain.

Technical Rating
Moderate  
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some rough terrain.

Endurance Rating
2  
Long distance, some steep ascent and descent, moderate amount of stamina needed in bursts, suitable for reasonably fit walkers. Have had recent experience of walking for 5-7 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) hills without physical too much distress? If your answer is "No", we'd guess you'd be happier doing a walk rated a level lower than the one you’ve just read! As noted previously, we're into FUN so we don't want you to miss out by overdoing it.

Cost
£18

Date
Friday 14 May 2021

Meeting Time
8.30am

Meeting Place

Glen Rosa (exact location will be confirmed upon booking)


 | Photo Gallery

 | Walk description

Where this session will take place will be determined by the conditions on the day, but it’s likely to be off-path for at least some of it, quite possibly in a less frequented area of Arran.

The pace will be quite slow as the focus will be on reading the landscape, comparing what can be seen on the ground and on the map, practising setting and walking on compass bearings and trying out timing and pacing as well as other mountain navigation techniques.

At the end of the day, participants will hopefully feel more confident about having a go at using map and compass to navigate in the hills, an essential skill for walking in the British mountains.

 | Advised Kit List

Essential hill gear

  • NO jeans – anyone wearing jeans will not be allowed to start the walk, and no refund will be possible
  • Stout hill walking boots
  • Appropriate walking trousers, top layers and fleece – preferably no cotton layers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) trousers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) jacket
  • Buff
  • Spare layers
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Packed lunch and drink - please consider the use of re-useable water bottles and food wrapping.
  • Any personal medicines

Other recommended kit

  • Compass of the type shown above in the Photo Gallery
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Spare socks
  • Blister plasters


The 2021 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen in these difficult times. Hope to see you all next year!