Navigation Training Day with Ian Stewart, Mountaineering Scotland


Ian Stewart explains a finer point to Jane, while Irene poses for the camera!!

A group of six Club Members attended a Mountaineering Scotland Navigation Course held on Meall nan Tarmachan on Sunday 8th April. The course was lead by Ian Stewart, Training Officer with Mountaineering Scotland.

On behalf of the Blairgowrie and District Hillwalking Club I would like thank Ian, for delivering such an Informative and Interesting Navigation Course on Meall nan Tarmachan. Although our group was a mixture of Novices and more experienced Hillwalkers we all took an immense amount away from the course. I would also like to congratulate Ian on the manner in which he delivered the course with very clear and precise instruction and in such a way that it was easy for the novices to understand but still very interesting for the more experienced in the group. We will now all be safer in the hills with the new knowledge we have learned today.

I would also like to Sincerely thank Mountaineering Scotland for their initiative in organising this venture.

The weather was almost perfect and warm sunshine, although not to strong, and very little wind made for very favourable conditions for the morning instruction. The pace was leisurely as we progressed on to the Tarmachan Ridge and there were many opportunities to stop and learn new skills. in the afternoon, as we traversed the main ridge and almost right on cue, the mist descended and our new found navigation skills were put to the test.

5 of the group with Instructor Ian Stewart on the Tarmachan Ridge.

Not only was the course enjoyable and a huge success, but two of the members also made their first ascent of Meall nan Tarmachan and experienced a short section of Scrambling also a first for two or three of the group.

All in All, A great day out.