Different types of skills for use on the hills

Map reading compass skills
Location Location Navigation

I have been suffering with a bit of a cold so decided to take it easy this weekend but still get outdoors and hit the local hills.

Ahead of my upcoming British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award course with Wye MTB and in the absence of logging an actual ride, I decided to get out and practice some navigation skills.

 

Its pretty tough to test your own navigation skills in your own “back yard” but it doesn’t hurt to grab a compass and a local map and practice some navigation and compass bearing skills.

mans best friend
Little helper

Note:

I try to use OS Explorer maps (the orange ones). They  are at 1:25,000 scale, which basically means every 4 cm on the map equals 1 km. As the name suggests these are great maps for exploring the outdoors as they show such details as footpaths, rights of way, open access land and the vegetation on the land.