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SILVA 2 Day NNAS Navigation Course – Gold Advanced Level

17th November @ 10:30 am - 18th November @ 4:30 pm


What to expect

It is not required to have the NNAS Bronze or Silver Certificates before signing up for the Gold level, BUT we prefer it if you have the Silver level! If you feel that you really are up to Gold Level, then please call Nicola on 07976 949488 before signing up, so we can discuss your previous experience.

If you demonstrate the correct understanding after 2 days of intensive training and assessment, then you will walk away with an NNAS Gold Certificate and achieving this Gold level will put you in a great position for entering higher level Mountain Marathons, or put it towards a Mountain Leader Training course, and will really help with the find navigation off trail on extremely varied terrain.

You will be crossing open fell, for the most part of this course duration and this will not be on paths except to reach the open fell. Having said this we will travel very slowly over this ground and ensure the safety of participants. We will mostly only be walking over grassy tussocks, boggy areas and occasional rocky sections which could be technical.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AT THE TIME OF THE COURSE WITH REGARDS TO COVID-19, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PPE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, AND ALSO REGULATIONS SPECIFIED BY NNAS. If regulations change and we cannot deliver this course, there will be the option to swap to a different course or ask for a full course refund.

What will you learn?

Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold National Navigation Award navigation strategies.
Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.
Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
Use back bearings and transits to confirm the current position.
Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision-making and execution of a selected route.
Understand the implications of climate change on the outdoor environment and be knowledgeable in practical steps to mitigate its effect.
Understand the pros and cons of appropriate electronic navigation devices and describe/demonstrate their use in the context of Gold terrain.
What are the benefits?

Gain a deeper understanding of how to use a map & compass in order to navigate a chosen route in difficult conditions, across different scales of maps and over difficult terrain.
Grow your confidence to take people further afield but within your qualification’s perimeter.
Gain a Gold NNAS certificate to show you have the skills (continued personal development)
Use this course to help you gain your Mountain Leader Qualification (It will set you on the right track, giving you a good understanding of navigation, not give you the course work or qualification)
Increase your route potential by being able to plan breathtaking routes for friends/groups for more experienced walkers and those wanting to explore – whatever the terrain, or time of day.
Who is it for?

Fell Walkers & Trail Runner, especially those wishing to up into the mountains to their full potential and take themselves way off the beaten track for added interest and fun, in a safe manner, but also to be able to make the right choice when to get themselves off the fell by deviating the route at short notice and in bad weather and little visibility.

This is an advanced-level course for navigation for personal development & will give you an NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Gold Award, assuming you are able to demonstrate a good understanding and application of the skills learned on the course.

Course Cost: £185 per person


17th November @ 10:30 am
18th November @ 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Hiking Highs
07976 949488
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