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The aim of the course is to extend the basic GPS skills you may have learned on one of our 2 day Garmin GPS courses in a practical way on a day in the hills with one of our GPS experts. At the beginning of the day you will take part in a brief planning session for the days expedition to the hills, send the planned routes & tracks to your GPS either wirelessly or by cable, and then set out as a small group to put good GPS navigation practice as you ascend at least one Wainwright on your days adventure.
This training day is not for GPS beginners and demands a certain level of fitness as the days walking could reach 2000’ to 2500’ (610 to 760 metres) and will be at least 6 miles (10km) in length with mostly rough walking on mountain footpaths. If you are thinking of joining us you must bring suitable and adequate clothing, footwear, food & drink for a day in the hills and be prepared for whatever weather the day throws at us.
Our day is based at the village hall in Mungrisdale which nestles below Bowscale, Bannerdale & Blencathra all challenging mountains in their own right. The day will start at the village hall where you meet up with your tutor Pete Davies the days objectives will be planned and discussed and GPS route/routes will be sent to your GPS device either by cable or wirelessly dependent on model.
The objective of the days walk will probably be the summit of Bannerdale Crags with a return via the Glenderamackin river as it winds its way back to the village.
Bear in mind this may not be a fair weather walk and that we go on the hills more or less whatever the weather (obviously there are limits). In some ways misty or hill fog is more testing for training/practice purposes than bright and sunny with fantastic visibilityview terms