Rob Johnson
Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)
& International Mountain Leader
Photo: Contour Only Advanced Navigation in Snowdonia

Advanced Mountain Navigation Course

A one day advanced navigation course concentrating on contour interpretation for people wanting to develop their skills for navigating in the mountains in all weathers.
Price: £75 per person (£60 for MTA members)
Ratio: 1:8
Length: 1 day

Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for people who have previous experience with a map and compass and want to progress their skills further. As a guideline people should be happy with taking and following a bearing, pacing, timing, simple contour interpretation and be looking to progress onto the next level.

This course is ideal preparation for people undertaking the Summer or Winter ML, IML and MIA awards, Mountain Rescue Team members and for people who aim to navigate at a high level in all weathers.

What does the course cover?
We will refresh the key skills of mountain navigation and ensure you have a working structure to your navigation. We will then focus on contour interpretation and utilise contour only mapping (maps that only display contour lines and no other information) to help get your head around contours and map to ground visualisation skills and navigating like a jedi!

What makes our courses different?
My courses are based on many years of practical experience in the mountains as a walker, mountaineer, climber and member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team. I use a map and compass in all weathers, day and night most days of the year around the world. Having gone all the way through the UK qualification system I have been assessed to the highest level and have spent a great deal of time looking at the skills involved in teaching what can be a complex subject. I also really enjoy the freedom of being able to navigate in the mountains and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to pass that freedom on. My courses are progressive, relaxed and will equip you with the skills that you need to be self sufficent in the mountains, whatever the visibility!

Where is the course held?
We run the course in Snowdonia. We have the right to roam in Snowdonia and so are not restricted to staying on footpaths and this helps develop our map to ground reading skills.

Who runs the course?
I run the majority of courses myself. I hold the MIC and IML qualifications and have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. I am also assisted by other local Mountaineering Instructors who are good friends of mine so that you get a balanced view and some different opinions. My practical experience on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team also adds an additional element to the course. You can read more about my qualifications and experience here.

Whats included?
The course fee includes instruction and the use of any specialist equipment. You can read our "whats included" and kit list page here.

What about accommodation & transport?
We do not include accommodation with this course. For a variety of different accommodation options in Snowdonia, from camping to nice hotels, visit this link. The link also shows road and rail travel options to Snowdonia.

Meeting Place & Time
Once you book we will send you a comprehensive set of course notes and a letter of confirmation, this will include a detailed kit list and details of where and when we meet. The day normally starts at 9:30am in Capel Curig and finishes in the same place at about 4:00pm.

When does this course run?
You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page. This course always follows on from our 6 day Mountain Craft course for people that wish to make that course a 7 day experience.

Other Questions
If you have any questions that you can't find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!


Book this Course

If you have any questions about booking a course then please just email. Booking is a simple two stage process:

1. Choose a date.
Individuals - visit the diary page for details of open course availability

2. Book the course
Online: You can book online securely by clicking on the "buy now" button
Download a postal booking form from our booking page.

MTA members please click here to pay the reduced price of £60.00.

Course type Location Price Quantity  
Advanced Navigation Day   £75 per person


Useful Links

Trail Magazine article by Rob - Route Planning & Navigation



Check out conditions and where I am now with my Blog


Trail Magazine article by Rob - Mountain Safety


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Now that I am back from Snowdonia and have e-mail access, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for an excellent Contour Navigation day on Fri, I learned a lot not only from you and the course itself but also from the quality people around me, sharing experiences and gaining useful tips was an added bonus to an excellent training day. Many thanks, Bob - Advanced Navigation Day - April 2015

Evening Rob, just landed home after a cracking day on the course today. Just wanted to say thanks very much to Huw(apologies if spelling incorrect) and yourself. To be honest I thought it would be a bit full on but I couldn't have been further from the truth. We didn't just learn about navigation though, we were given the opportunity to pick up tons of stuff about the environment and geology which made for a thoroughly great day.
I shall be recommending the day to as many folk as I can.
I'll be back for more training with you if you'll have me.
Cheers again for a brilliant day.
Al , who lives in Wigan but doesn't come from there.

Advanced Navigation Day - April 2015

Hi Rob, Thank you again for a super day in Snowdonia last week on the navigation day. As the only non-outdoor professional there it was a real opportunity for me to 'up my game'. I thought the pace of the day and the content was just right and I got a lot from it.

I will be coming back to you for another conversation about other mountaineering skill needs I'd like to improve.

All the best. Steve - Adv Nav Oct 2014

Hi Rob, Great course yesterday. I went out this morning and repeated the route but this time with the full OS map. What a difference in just the confidence factor.
I have to say the course has added a whole new dimension to my navigation abilities, almost the missing piece!

I don't think the Jedi need to worry yet but I have them in my sights!

Great stuff. Best regards, Barry Adv Nav Oct 2013

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