Scotland’s mountains provide the hill walker, mountaineer and climber with some of the toughest navigational challenges available. A skill that demands absolute concentration when battling the elements all year round. Not to be dismissed, navigation is the most important skills you will learn for both summer and winter months.

Timing, pacing, map interpretation, re-section, back bearing, aspect of slope and attack points - just some of the many skills that you are required to master which will allow you to become a confident navigator in any condition.

During this coming summer season, Di Gilbert Mountaineering will be providing courses in mountain navigation.

These are courses aimed specifically at individuals who wish to travel safely and efficiently in our mountain environment.

They last 2 days and are normally run over a weekend, based in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.

Please contact Di Gilbert directly if you have any questions, if you are unsure if this course is suitable for you or any other enquiries.


The introduction to summer walking courses are based in the Northern Cairngorms.

Who can come

Anyone who has a genuine interest in learning or improving their navigation skills will be able to attend.

You must have a good general fitness and be able to cope with 2 continuous days on the mountain.

Why will it help me

This course will teach you new skills or sharpen up your present knowledge of navigation. Over the 2 days we will train you in the essential skills that are specific to safe mountain travel in our Scottish environment.

How do I apply

Complete one of our online booking forms.

Once you receive confirmation from Di you will be sent final details.


Please contact us if you would like to arrange dates.


£240.00 per person. This course requires a minimum of 2 people to run.

This price is for instruction and equipment only.

Please contact us for a group rate.


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What will we look at

During the 2 days we will cover skills such as:

  • map interpretation
  • timing
  • pacing
  • map memory
  • compass skills
  • ground to map interpretation and vice versa to name a few

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