11/13th March – FRA Fell Navigational Course

Report from Steve Robinson: The FRA run the same navigational course twice a year, Kettlewell in the spring and Elterwater in the Autumn.  Around 35-40 people attend the course with enough instructors to teach small groups of 4.  So I arrived at around 7.30pm on Friday night and left Sunday afternoon, so £75 for 2 nights in the Youth Hostel with full board and the course itself was pretty good value.
I’ve not really done much map reading and compass work since I was in cubs about 30 years ago!, I have been slowly doing more AM and AL fell races recently so I felt I needed to put that right.  The course is pretty full on with early morning runs prior to the course starting, on the fells all day and then down the pub till late (I was shattered when I got home).
Briefly, the course included map reading, using the compass, night navigation and a solo 10k with controls (checkpoints).  I would recommend this course to anyone as you meet loads of like minded people, spend the whole weekend in the fells and come away with a lot more confidence if things go wrong and the fog comes down………

  1. #1 by Graham on March 16, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    What position did you come?

  2. #2 by Sean O'Halloran on March 16, 2016 - 4:42 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend.
    If only people had attended this course before doing the Black Combe Fell (championship counter) race at the weekend. It might have prevented so many (including top end) runners going wrong in poor conditions.

  3. #3 by Steve R on March 16, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Top 40 Graham, easy!

  4. #4 by Antonio Cardinale on March 17, 2016 - 10:11 pm

    Your report is really interesting Steve , a lovely week end that I would like to do because I would love to learn how to read a map or how to use a compass on the fells and as well to be on the hills all day and then down the pub till late . Sounds like a great weekend indeed .

  5. #5 by Graham on March 18, 2016 - 8:57 am


  6. #6 by Caron on March 20, 2016 - 9:35 pm

    Brilliant! They’re always well attended and worth the effort as u learn so much! May need to book one…

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