Learn the skills needed for OMM events


Learn the skills to leave the trail and choose your own route

If you’re looking at this page you’ve  probably done a few different events that follow marked courses. We created the OMM workshops to help people increase their skills and give them the confidence to leave the trails and choose their own routes.

Using our decades of knowledge organising and competing in OMM’s around the world we will teach you how to look after your team and embrace the challenge that comes from choosing your own routes.


All abilities and experience are welcome whether you’re taking first steps off trail or have a challenge in mind and want to check you know what you’re doing.

We were delighted that the attendees of the September workshop took the skills they learnt to their first OMM in October and completed it successfully.

The one day course based at the OMM LITE event will give you the confidence to choose your own route and head out into new terrain.
“Great course, Stu and Joe were really welcoming thanks for your help”
Sara Harding
OMM LITE Yorkshire Dales
“Perfect thanks! I’ve been wanting to do an OMM for ages but didn’t feel confident with my NAV.”
Gareth Stevens
OMM LITE Peak District
“Thanks for a great weekend, i learnt so much and look forward to putting it in to practice at this years OMM”
Tom Cummins
OMM LITE Peak District


NAV4 Adventure have been providing training courses to OMM for over 15 years. They facilitate and deliver quality, hand on learning-training courses which will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge for you to then successfully undertake your OMM adventure regardless of your current  skills and experience.

Joe Faulkner – Founder of NAV4 Adventure
Joe is the man behind NAV4 with a very long history of off-road running, adventure racing and mountain skills training. Joe created The Great Lakeland 3 Day Mountain Trial, Haweswater Half Marathon and the Tour de Helvellyn. Joe is a very experienced mountaineer, fell runner and adventure race competitor. Being ‘on the podium’  was always a rarity for Joe, but he has a lifetime of fell running and Ultra running experience, and is highly respected for finishing strongly in some epic races. Joe’s race ‘cv’ includes 16 x 100 mile events,  three Bob Graham Rounds and a Paddy Buckley Round, along with heaps of adventure races, mountain skills courses and personal adventures.
Joe has ticked off all the Big Bad mountain triathlon, but The Hebridean Challenge is perhaps his most favourite race; either as a Solo, Pair or team. Joe completed the 2012 and 2015 Dragon’s Back Races, and so is the only athlete to have done all three editions.  Joe has completed both Marmot Dark Mountains Elite courses, 2013 and 2014 in bad weather, The full Spine Racer in 2015 and NAV4 have provided Safety Cover for The Spine Race.  
The NAV4 Adventure race team have completed numerous Expedition style multi-day races, including TERREX and ITERA races, and the World Championships in 20017.
Joe is a qualified Mountain Leader and Instructor (MIA and Winter ML, and AMI member) and an experienced kayak and canoe tutor, and Rope Access Technician.  Joe is a professionally qualified Trainer and Safety Manager.
Stuart Smith – NAV4 Adventure – Trainer, Facilitator

Stuart has been involved with NAV4 Adventure for many years and is the lead member of our training team. He is a very skilful tutor and leading practitioner within the Institute for Outdoor Learning.  Stuart also heads up the safety team for our events, especially the Tour de Helvellyn each December; Stuart is the guy you see above Greenside at the remote checkpoint.  Stuart has over 25 years experience in outdoor pursuits including solo trips across Iceland, many long-distance walking events (20 – 100 miles). He holds numerous outdoor qualifications and is currently the northern representative for the British Association of International Mountain leaders.

NAV4 Adventure: 

Rayside, Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0EP

Tel: 01768 864909, Mob: 07749 364248


The OMM workshop will give you fundamentals into the skills, techniques, and experiences set at a level to compliment your existing skills.
An experienced and professional NAV4 Adventure tutor, with real-life  mountain marathon experience, will be on hand, to work alongside you in small ratio groups (max 4:1 client / tutor)
The OMM workshop is a one day course based at the OMM LITE venue. We have three courses throughout the year, You may pitch up and camp for the whole weekend or just come for the day.

The Day will cover:

  • Map setting and Compass work
  • Contour intrepretation and relief
  • Planning an “effective” route
  • Tricks of the OMM
  • Plus a host of other “stuff”


Friday evening arrival will give you a chance to pitch your tent and meet a few folk, your NAV4 tutor and share a beer soaking up the event atmosphere.

Saturday is a steady day of tuition in map and compass skills, route choice and moving efficiently along the trails.

You’ll see the OMM LITE competitors visiting the event controls; and discuss route choice and further strategies for you own OMM adventure, whether it is the next day or at a later date.
in the evening…. a chance to relax, have a beer or two and glean more tips and tricks off you new found friends. Watch a video or two and meet up with the OMM Directors.
Sunday you can choose to take part for real, under your own steam  using your OMM map and a electronic timing chip.  The tutor team will be on hand to help you get under way.


If you are interested in coming to a workshop please get in touch with Joe or Stuart and they can let you know when the next one will be.

NAV4 Adventure: 


Rayside, Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0EP

Tel: 01768 864909, Mob: 07749 364248

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Team OMM

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