When :see the events page or contact me for other dates.

Where : Jura Vaudois - La Givrine (public transport by train, stop at "Givrine")

Duration : 1 day (actual hiking time ~4h)

Price : CHF 55. - per person as group tour, maximum 8 participants. 1/2 price up to 15 years old.

The price includes supervision, provision of a printed paper map, and loan of a compass, subject to availability. The price does not include transportation to the meeting point, parking fees if applicable, and soup*/refreshments at the hut. (*soup at the hut may not cater for all dietary requirements)

N.B. : Depending on weather conditions or any other factors, all information provided in this document may be subject to change or modification.

Who is it for ?

Do you enjoy hiking but usually rely on following signs ?

Have you tried reading a map before but still struggle to accurately and precisely locate yourself ?

Do you sometimes wish to venture off the beaten path but lack the confidence to do so ?

If so, this training day is perfect for you ! Come and develop your mountain orientation skills and boost your confidence for safe and adventurous exploration.

... But also, if you already have a good foundation in orientation and want to take it to the next level with advanced topics such as the tangent to curve, deliberate error, triangulation, back-azimuth... Contact me for a customized program !

Content :

In a playful and 100% hands-on manner, you will learn how to read a topographic map, understand its various symbols and colors, and estimate distances.

You will also discover orienteering techniques using a compass and learn how to use an altimeter to accurately determine your position.

Programme :

Meeting point 9:00 AM at La Givrine. After a brief theoretical introduction, we set off with map and compass in hand to connect points marked on the map. Each point provides an opportunity for specific learning. Around midday, we take a picnic break in a cozy mountain hut (with the option to purchase hot soup* and refreshments). In the afternoon, we continue our journey with a focus on compass navigation. We will back at the parking area by 5:00 PM.

Mandatory gear : "High-rise" hiking boots, back-pack, 1 lunch snack, water (min. 1L), 1 compass (possible loan subject to availability)

If snowy conditions : snowshoes + hiking poles with large baskets

Optional : altimeter, map case, map Swisstopo 1241

Fitness level : easy, ability to walk 8km and+ 300m over the day.

Technical level : easy, some off-track parts without any difficulty