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Wales : Women's Beginner's Navigation Course

Women's Beginner's Navigation Course // 21 Sept - £82 + fees

Learn the skills to be self-sufficient in the mountains with JT Expeditions!

Meeting point:

Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Abercrave, Swansea, SA9 1GJ (click for map)

How the day goes:

Please be at the meeting point below for a 9am start!

After a safety brief, introduction and kit check, we will head into the hills where we will cover all forms of navigation progressively. We will start with more basic features like orientating the map and using general map features to navigate. We will then move onto the finer techniques such as taking bearings and using micro-contour features to read the relief of the land and compare it to the map.

Along the way, we will cover additional aspects of mountain walking such as equipment, nutrition, how to keep yourself fuelled and how to look after and manage yourself in the mountains. This will mesh well with your newfound navigation skills to ensure you are self-sufficient in the mountains!

We will aim to be off the hills by around 3pm where we can then head to the local pub or cafe for some hot drinks and some of South Wales finest cakes! Here we can have a half-hour debrief, reflect on the day and discuss all things adventure…

Here’s more detail on what we’ll be covering:

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Who is this day for?

This is for any woman who wants to grasp wilderness navigation once and for all!

What’s excluded:

  • Lunch and water

  • Transport to and from meeting point

What to bring:

Please arrive wearing your hiking boots, trousers/shorts suitable for hiking as well as a sweat-wicking t-shirt or long-sleeve top.

Please bring in a backpack:

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Warm layer (lightweight fleece or insulated jacket)

  • Water bottle or bladder (min. 2 litre carrying capacity)

  • Sufficient food and snacks for the day (we recommend sandwiches/wraps, bananas or dried fruit and assorted bars such as fruit, nut, cereal, seed etc)

  • Gloves (thickness and type dependant on weather)

  • Hat or bandana/buff

  • Drysack (method of keeping rucksack contents dry…alternatively, two garbage bags, one inside the other, will work fine!)

Optional Items:

  • Camera

  • Lightweight walking poles (JT Expeditions will be carrying a spare pair)

Mountain safety:

Safety is critical within the mountain environment, you will be accompanied by a qualified and insured Mountain Leader award holder with vast experience within the British Mountains and in particular, the Brecon Beacons. Your instructor holds a valid First Aid Certificate and will carry appropriate safety & emergency equipment at all times. We require that you pay attention and adhere to their instructions and guidance at all times to ensure your own safety and do not act in a manner that could potentially risk the safety of the instructor, the group or yourself.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of bad weather, we will aim to re-organise the event, if you're unable to make the new date it we will offer you a full refund.

No refund on tickets on cancelations 7 days out from the event.

No Show: If you fail to show up on the day of your activity or course, you forfeit your full course fee.

And that's it!

We started She Went Wild with the aim to empower and enable women to gain their footing in the outdoors and kickstart a lifetime of adventure and so if you have been wanting to dial in your map + compass skills, this is the workshop for you!

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