Poor Visibility Contour Masterclasses in the Lake District

A group of mountaineers looking at maps in the dark - Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide

This is a great opportunity for you to take your poor visibility navigation skills to the next level, and it is perfect as a refresher before a Mountain Leader assessment. We’ll start off in the light to let you get tuned in, and then navigate into darkness. You’ll learn how to navigate using the shape of the ground with contour-only maps, and then transfer this knowledge back to normal maps, again focusing primarily on the shape of the ground. This will really sharpen your navigation skills so that you no longer rely on line features, such as streams, walls and paths, which can all change. Open to Mountain Leader trainees and award holders, and anyone with comparable personal experience.

Venue: meet at the Stickle Ghyll car park, Langdale valley, Lake District

Dates: next dates will be December 2019 or January 2020

Times: 2pm to 8pm approx

Cost: £55 Mountain Training Association members, £60 non-members

Counts as 1 CPD point for MTA members who are Mountain Leader holders or trainees

Equipment list:
~ the usual personal gear for a full day/evening out in the mountains
~ compass
~ watch
~ headtorch & spare batteries
~ mapcase (essential because the contour-only maps are not waterproof. Ortlieb is best)
~ 1:25000 map (OL6, Lake District SW sheet)
We will be using contour-only maps which we will provide, and which you can keep at the end of the day.

Useful blog posts::
How to Navigate Like a Pro
So What Do You Actually Do On A Contour Masterclass?

What do our clients say about us?

Thank you Chris for a great day/evening, very valuable information learned and even if in really bad weather conditions, enjoyed every bit of it. Chris does look after all people in the group and makes sure everyone is safe at all times. I look forward attending his courses in the future.
Carlo Riva, January 2018

Anne’s communication was excellent. Chris has a wealth of experience and knowledge which really shone through in the delivery of the course. His enthusiasm and passion were infectious. I had heard great feedback from colleagues who had also taken part in one of Chris’s courses, and I was keen to also experience his delivery. Thanks for a great evening. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and certainly learnt a great deal from Chris’s knowledge. I look forward to taking part on another course in the future. Thanks.
Ben Keen, January 2018

With Chris you get much more than the name of the course. An excellent training day with a lot of navigation skills, movement and group management ideas thrown in. As always delivered with a focus on individual client learning in an enthusiastic and friendly nature.
Martin Bates, January 2019