Quality Mountain Days
 
                                                                 & Advanced workshops


Nature

Our natural surroundings provide us with many clues both to where we are and in which direction we should be heading.  Early human navigators used the sky, sun, stars, wind, vegetation and animals to find direction.  For most of us these skills have never been learned as more modern tools such as the map, the compass and the gps have negated the need to do so.

Through the very act of being in the hill we gain experience and develop skills as a 'natural navigator'  Knowledge of plants and vegetation is particularly useful to us: 

  1. Where we see the white fluffy heads of Cotton Grass we can be absolutely certain that the ground below it is both wet and boggy therefore an area best to avoid. 
  2. Similarly the dense cover of heather can be difficult to walk through and another path may need to be sought. 
  3. Coming back to boggy terrain in this case a section of peat bog with deer grass growing within, we learn through experience that vegetation growing in these boggy areas can stabilize the otherwise soft materials by virtue of their root structure permeating the soft peat, this enables us to use the plants growwing in the bog as stepping stones to cross it safely, a practice that must be completed with caution as some plants just grow on top of the bog and provide no structure to the underlying material, step on this at your peril.

 







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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