Quality Mountain Days
                                                                 & Advanced workshops

Setting the Map

Setting the map is the technique of positioning the map so that all the features are lined up with your own location as the central point. What is in front of you on the ground will be in front of you on the map, what is to your left on the ground will also be to your left on the map and so on. The writing on the map may be upside down or sideways but this is OK - having the map set is far more useful in relating the map to the ground than being able to read the writing. View the map as a three-dimensional model which you have lined up with the features on the ground.
In good visibility you may be able to set the map by eye. If you've just set off from your car you will probably be able to set the map by using the road and another linear feature such as a path. These features will form a T-junction which can be used to set the map. A good exercise is to keep the map set with the T-junction and then move your body around the map - it is your body that moves, not the map. Once you are on the hill you will need to identify prominent features on the ground such as hills, ridges, valleys and tracks (maybe there's a village within view) and turn the map so that the features on the ground line up with you at the centre.

Information provided courtesy of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland


Important: Participation Statement

Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death.
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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