Navigation For Trail Runners


Next Course: TBC
Duration: 1 day
Location: Glendalough area
Max group size:6 participants (larger groups can be accommodated with extra instructor)
Who’s this for? Anyone who wants to learn navigation essentials, but with an eye to trail runners


  • Map types / scales typical of adventure racing, hiking and orienteering
  • Contour interpretation
  • Compass tips & tricks & when you don’t need one
  • Hazard avoidance

What’s included

  • Maps
  • Compasses
  • Tuition by experienced, qualified trainer(s)
  • Hill & table top learning

Navigation in a nutshell for trail runners

Are you looking to improve your off-trail navigation skills to gain hill running independence? Want to enter an adventure race? Need to feel more confident in poor conditions? Our Navigation in a Nutshell for Trail Runners 1 day course is what you’re looking for!

Run in the greater Glendalough area of Co. Wicklow, dates are set at regular intervals throughout the year or we can run it privately for you if you have a group of 4 to 6 people.

During the day, you will be facilitated to learn about:

  • Maps types (paper and digital)
  • Map scales and features
  • Map orientation
  • Navigation with map only
  • Use of compass, tips & tricks and how to get around without one
  • Poor weather navigation
  • Kit for the trail runner
  • Mountain hazards

Navigation In a nutshell for trail runners

We provide all maps and compasses for use during the course.

This course is led by either Cindy Doyle (official Mountain Skills Provider), or Ronan Mullen, (International Mountain Leader) who both love to share their passion for the mountains with you.

Navigation in a nutshell for trail runners: Who’s it For?

Trail runners who have some experience in the mountains and want to become more adventurous and independent in their running route choices whilst knowing how to look after themselves in remote areas and poor conditions.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the skills required to navigate off trail in poor conditions on the mountains.

navigation for trail runners FAQs

How long is this course?

This is a one day course. For longer courses, consider our 2 day option or Mountain Skills courses.

Do participants need experience?

Whilst the navigation skills lean towards moving fast in the mountains, we won’t actually be running. There will be a lot of hanging around, so don’t worry about your pace. However, prior experience in the hills, running or walking will stand to you.

What kit do participants need?

We’ll provide a full kit list in advance. You will be stationary for long periods so you’ll have to bring more kit than you would normally on your run in order to stay warm, fed and hydrated.

How many participants will there be?

We work on a ratio of 1:6.

I’ve a group, can you do private courses

We certainly can! There is a minimum charge of 4 people.

Where is the course run?

This course is run from Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

What is included in the price?

Highly skilled and experienced instructors. Use of maps and compasses.

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