On Sat 25th March and Sunday 2nd April, Ben and Bealach ran its first and second 'Introduction to Hill and Mountain Navigation' skills days. Both days were a success combining a good day in the Border hills with new skills, fine weather and great company.
On the Saturday Jayson and Donna were treated to a blue-sky day (so clear were views that we could even pick out the snow capped tops of the Lake District) and I couldn't have asked for better first clients to take out on the hill. They were both keen on their walking and keen to learn. The (last?) snow of winter was hanging on here too, and still quite deep where it had collected behind the boundary wall. This didn't hinder our progress though, and I'm happy to say that Donna and Jayson finished the day both happy and in the possession of plenty new navigation techniques to try for themselves.
The following weekend we were back on the same hills with a new group of navigators and remarkably we came up trumps with the weather once again.
It was another clear and dry day with fantastic views of the Southern Uplands, but unfortunately it was a bit too hazy to pick out the Lake District mountains this time. Sunday's group had travelled from as far as Edinburgh and were another lovely bunch of people. All wanted to improve their map reading skills in order to feel more confident when out in the hills, and throughout the day they got to grips with 5 Ds: destination, description, distance, direction and dangers. They also went home with an appreciation of how useful these skills can be and pleased with their day in the Border hills.
If you missed out and would like to take part in a hill and mountain navigation skills day in the future please get in touch. We are happy to arrange days on request or alert you to any open events that come up.