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|Start Date||End Date||Duration|
|Saturday 19th Jan, 2019||Saturday 19th Jan 2019||COURSE CLOSED days|
|Saturday 16th Nov, 2019||Saturday 16th Nov 2019||1 day|
For this First Step GPS, you will need an understanding of basic navigation/map skills. An average level of hill fitness is required
This course is perfect for the GPS beginner.
Many people are involved with rambling and walking clubs and have a wide range of experiences. In recent years, the popularity of GPS units has dramatically increased. Digital mapping is now available for Northern Ireland, which makes the use of a GPS more practical for walkers, bikers and mountaineers.
This First Step GPS Skills course seeks to cover the basic skills involved in using GPS software to plan and undertake journeys in area with digital maps.
This course will give you a taster of the skills required to plan journeys in the hills using GPS and digital mapping technology.
These are some of the essential skills required in order to understand the uses and limitations of GPS and digital mapping software. All of these areas will be covered in a theory and practical way during the course of a day spent in the classroom and hills, giving you the opportunity to learn from the staff and other course participants.
09.15 Arrive and meet staff for a brief overview.
Refresh of basic map skills in the classroom
The basics operation of a GPS unit
Planning routes with GPS and Phone Apps
Depart for hill to see if it all works.
16.30 Return to Tollymore.
It is important to note that the above outline programme is a guide. Times may vary due to weather conditions or other reasons.
For this First Step GPS Skills the following list of equipment is a suggestion of what you should bring.
Waterproofs, walking boots and rucksacks may be borrowed from our extensive stores. If you have a GPS Unit, please bring it along. Tollymore has a stock of Garmin GPS units and some will be available for use on the course.
You should bring the following: waterproof jacket and trousers, boots, fleece jacket, hat and gloves, vacuum flask, water bottle, Mourne map (1:25,000), compass Silva type 4 or similar, headtorch (plus a spare battery), small first aid kit, and spare clothes. It’s best to bring plenty of lighter layers and avoid cotton if possible as it offers little heat and takes ages to dry out if wet or sweaty.
Please ensure you bring along a device which will allow you to ‘stopwatch’ your time.
The course fee includes kit, equipment, in course transport, coaching and packed lunch.
Your course is a one day course, so accommodation is not provided. However, we do have changing rooms, showers and lockers available for your use.
We can offer you a nights’ accommodation and breakfast either at the beginning or end of a course for an additional cost. This is a great way to further enhance your time at Tollymore and savour the beautiful majestic setting that the Centre has to offer.
Our catering is first class, noted both for the quality and quantity of the food that we provide. Your course is catered, so you will be provided with a packed lunch for the day. You may however wish to bring your own personal snack food for use during the course. You can fill a flask with tea or coffee at the Centre if required.
Hillwalking, by Steve Long (published by MLTUK)