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The Navigator's Dozen


The 12 most important mountain navigation skills Plus some.

These are all the skills needed to navigate in the hills (some of the skills overlap with each other). 

Setting the map 

Ticking off features 

Contour interpretation 

Taking and following a compass bearing (in detail and as a rough guide). 

Estimating distance travelled - by timing and by pacing. 

Route Choice - Selection of features on the map which can be identified on the ground to create navigational legs along a route that avoids major hazards and is practical to follow. 

Relocation strategies - in case you lose track of where you are. 

Identifying catching features - so that you will know what the ground will be like if you have overshot your target.

Map scales - and measuring distances on the map. 

Slope Aspect - and Direction of Linear Features.

Aiming Off, Attack Points, Handrails and other Navigation Techniques.

Symbols and Grid References.
In addition to the basic skill set we will discuss some strategies to make our navigating easier.

Information provided courtesy of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland


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Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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