Do you fancy leading a walk, but have never had the confidence? … well, this might be for you(?) …
Although the ability to read a map is the THE essential ingredient in group leadership, there are other factors that embody this most rewarding of skills.
By producing this short and informal course, I want to give everyone the opportunity to lead and for it to be ultimately beneficial to our club.
So as well as the navigation side, I have also incorporated an emphasis on leadership … group management and awareness, what to look for when planning a route, how to expect the unexpected! … the ability to build in ‘escape routes’ and contingency plans should time or circumstances become unfavourable.
My proposal is to spend an informal morning / afternoon, at a location of mutual convenience, of teaching. This will be ENTIRELY bespoke to the individual’s needs … I wouldn’t dwell on say contours or mountain safety if all a person wants to do is lead ‘D’ walks!
As a follow-up, I would be more than happy to help in planning a group walk and even join in on any forthcoming required ‘reccee’.
The key to good navigation is PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND MORE PRACTICE! I have up to date digital mapping, in varying scales as the route dictates, that would be easy enough for me to print-off and forward. Although I would encourage the purchase of own maps to build a varied personal library.
For details … contact Vinnie on 0797 904 2058
If you prefer, speak to your walk leader … who will be able to offer you some navigational advice and guidance on getting started as a leader yourself.