I am in a small walking group in the Lake District with mixed abilities. I recently joined Chris for his Navigation & map reading workshop as I had no real map reading skills and felt I was merely muddling along. On the day, the forecast was poor with Storm Brian threatening, however we were assured that the workshop would still go ahead regardless. I liked this as the weather can turn treacherous on any given day in the mountains.
When we arrived at the start Chris introduced himself and shook everyone's hand . He then discussed exactly which route we would take for the workshop. From the very start I felt in good hands and trusted his judgement. Throughout the day he taught us how to use our compass and how to interpret our maps and use them together to get bearings. The weather continued to deteriorate, however he continued confidently and put everyone at ease.
Everyone had a turn to do something whether taking pace or taking a bearing. He spoke us through every step of the route using the map and identifying our exact location.
To round up I feel that Chris's educational session was exactly what I was looking for and they were professional but friendly throughout .
I now feel I can be more confident in my solo hikes & in future will be able to lead a walk in my group. Most of all I feel confident that I can be safe without relying on the modern phone apps available. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Thank you to Walking The Wild for a fantastic informative and educational day!