Navigation Course in the Pentlands

Today I was delivering a hill walking navigation course in the Pentlands for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The course went well with lots of new skills being acquired.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

The Pentlands are relatively dry for the time of year with underfoot conditions being pretty good both on and off paths. It was warm in the sunshine, but cool in the shade or the wind, with the odd flake of snow falling at times.

Pentlands Navigation

I’ve been in the Pentland Hills today running a navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Community Learning. We were lucky enough to have excellent dry and sunny weather. The group was well motivated to get to grips with navigation skills, which made for a very enjoyable day.

The Pentlands are pretty dry for the time of year with generally good underfoot conditions both on and off paths.

Pentlands Navigation

On Saturday and Sunday I was out in the Pentland Hills delivering navigation courses for Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The weather was relatively kind with just the odd shower and some fairly strong winds on the tops on Sunday.

The Saturday Group enjoying a lunch break in the Pentlands

The Saturday Group enjoying a lunch break in the Pentlands

The participants were keen to learn, which made for a very good and enjoyable two days.

Pentlands Navigation

I was out yesterday in the Pentlands running a Navigation Course for Ramblers Scotland. The group were enthusiastic and asked lots of questions, which made for a great course.

The group on top of Caerketton Hill

The team on top of Caerketton Hill

The winds were Easterly and cool, but there was no rain and the hills were drier away from the paths than I’d expected.

Pentlands Navigation Course

I was out today in the Pentlands with a group from the Edinburgh Council Adult Education Programme. We were looking Navigation for Hillwalking. We used the area just South and West of the ski area, which has some excellent featured ground for looking at contour interpretation and managed to take in the tops of Caerketton and Allermuir Hills as well.

Descending at dusk with Arthur's Seat in the distance

Descending from the Pentlands with Arthur’s Seat in the distance

No rain during the day, broken cloud above the summits and only light winds. The ground is saturated, but paths and tracks weren’t too muddy.

Pentlands Navigation Course

Today I was out in the Pentlands delivering a navigation course for the City of Edinburgh Council. The hills and paths were pleasantly dry given the quantities of rain these hills have received over the last few months. The day was mostly sunny with one graupel shower on a fresh and cool Westerly wind. Great views to some higher hills including the Ochils, with a dusting of snow on the higher tops; the Ben Vorlich area, Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond all of which were looking white with snow. A very pleasant day with a group who picked up the skills well. No camera today, so no photos I’m afraid.

The next three days I should be in the Ben Nevis area, but will probably only be able to post a conditions report when I’m back on Wednesday night.

Navigation in Glen Brerachan

The Falkirk staff team and I have been out today in the hills north of Glen Brerachan. Glen Brerachan is located on the A93 near Pitlochry. The road gives high access to a vast moorland area which gives the perfect terrain for practising navigation skills.

There was a good covering of snow today from 250 metres upwards. The ground was not frozen.

Steve and James navigating in difficult conditions near Carn Liath (609m).

Steve and James navigating in difficult conditions near Carn Liath (609m).

Pentlands Navigation

Out today in the Pentlands with a group of seven on the second day of a two day navigation course. Today we were looking at distance estimation using timing and pacing and putting this together with the skills from the previous session. Additionally, we looked at some navigation strategies and relocation when you’re “temporarily unsure of your position” i.e. lost.

On Allermuir Hill with The Forth in the distance

On Allermuir Hill with The Forth in the distance

Fresh snow falling on an Easterly wind on and off through the day above about 250m. No significant old snow. Slippy underfoot with fresh snow sitting on wet grass. Some turf still frozen above about 450m. Some ice on paths lower down early in the day.

Pentlands Navigation

Out from the ski-area in the Pentlands today running a navigation course for Edinburgh City Council. It stayed dry with cloud above the tops all day and a light South-Westerly breeze. No frost and above freezing all day. A few very minor snow patches around underneath higher coire rims and in larger gullies.