Ingrid Lohr - Hill Skills to navigation teacher

Ingrid in Cwm Idwal

What skills course did you attend?

The Hills Skills course with Dorian from Trigpoint Adventures in the Brecon Beacons.

Why did you want to attend a Mountain Training skills course?

Because I didn’t feel confident navigating away from paths. I had for years happily done lots of lowland and also some hill and mountain walking, but I had never dared to stray from the paths. Also, I had this weird idea in my head that unless you fiddle with your compass a lot, it is not navigation. So I felt like “I have no idea what navigation is all about”. And I wanted to remedy that.

I love walking the length and breadth of the British Isles, with a special interest in the natural life, the culture and the history of an area - and the context the geology creates for both.

What was the best part of the course?

It gave me an overall impression of where I stood with my knowledge and skills. Also I learned that I knew a lot more about navigation than I had previously thought and that working with a compass is way easier than I had anticipated!

Ingrid practising navigation

What skills did you improve?

Mostly navigation with compass and map in pathless terrain - which was exactly what I was looking for.

How did the course staff support you?

Dorian was great. He understood what I needed and helped me to reach my goals. He also had chosen the perfect terrain for what he wanted to teach. He was very thorough and patient and made sure I understood everything he was explaining.

What was it like learning alongside others on the course? Were you all at a similar level?

Well, as the other participants dropped out at the very last minute (covid), I ended up being on the course just by myself. I missed out in that regard, but had the advantage that Dorian could focus on my weak points and proceed faster where he realised that I had a lot of knowledge already.

Ingrid wild camping

Do you feel more confident in your skills following the course?

Absolutely! He really managed to give me a good understanding of what navigation is all about and that it is not nearly as scary as I thought!

What’s the next adventure you’re planning?

I have (after having completed the Hill and Moorland Leader last year) just taken a couple of courses on how to teach navigation! Hopefully I will be able to help others to realise that navigation is not as complicated as you fear!

Ingrid in the Brecon Beacons

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