Introduction to map reading and compass work.
Meeting at 9am – Brockagh Center, Laragh
This one-day course is held around the mountains near Glendalough and Laragh in County Wicklow. This is a great area with plenty of suitable locations to practice your newly learned skills.
At the end of this course you will have a good understanding of how to read a map and how to use your compass properly for navigating on the hills, although practice does make perfect.
The course is split between indoor and outdoor sessions.
Morning Session: (Indoor)
- Introduction to your map (we will be using OSI sheet 56 for this course)
- Scales of a map, what they mean. 1:50,000, 1:25,000, best map for Hill Walking.
- Features of a map, contour lines, index and what these are.
- How a map is representative of the ground it covers.
- GPS coordinates of a map and how to read them.
- Introduction to the compass and its parts.
Lunch Break – You can buy lunch in Glendalough or bring it with you.
Afternoon Session: (Outdoor)
- How to set your map.
- Recognise features on the landscape from your map.
- Timing and Pacing for measuring distance.
- Using your compass with your map. Taking a bearing for direction to walk.
- Measuring distance from your map and applying this to the ground.
- Using some simple navigation techniques to get to your required location.
- Choosing a safe and suitable route.
The course is given by a recognised Mountain Leader and provider with Mountaineering Ireland.
A lot of the course is spent out on the hills standing about so do dress appropriately.
What to bring: Walking Boots, Rain gear, Backpack, snacks for hills, water, gloves and hat.
We use OSI Sheet 56 on this course and Sliva 4 type compass, available in most outdoor stores.
We will have some spare maps and compasses on the day but its best to have your own.
Tip. If you are going to buy a map, some are water resistant and others aren’t …. Its best to also buy a waterproof casing for your map as it will greatly extend its life time. You could also use a see trough zip-lock bag for the time being.
How do I get to Glendalough from Dublin?
Take the N11 from Dublin as far as Kilmacanogue and At junction 8, take the N11/R755/Kilmacanoge. Then continue on R756 through Roundwood and Annamoe to Laragh. Continue towards Glendalough passing the Wicklow Heather restaurant on your left and take the next right to the centre.
• A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 72hrs in advance, or in case of no-show.
• A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 5 Days in advance.
• No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 5 or more days in advance.
For this course we recommend you Bring:
- Walking Boots
- Walking Rucksack 25L
- OSI Sheet 56 Map
- Compass Silva Type 4
- Rain gear
- Packed lunch
- Extra Top
- Sun Cream
Can anyone sign up for this course?
Yes this course is open to anyone with an interest in hill walking.
How long are the Walks?
You don’t get a lot of ground covered on these courses, although we will be on the hills for a while.
Where can I get maps and compass?
You can get the OSI Sheet 56 and Silva type 4 compass in most outdoor shops.