5 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Navigate Using Contours

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Navigate Using Contours

The difference between OK navigation and excellent navigation lies in the ability to read and make sense of contours. Contours are those wiggly lines drawn on the map connecting points of equal height above sea level. “Contour” comes from the Italian word “contorno” meaning "to draw a line". In the UK we have one of the most accurate mapping systems in the world, and our maps use contours to show the shape of the ground in incredible detail.

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My Philosophy About Mountain Leader Assessment Courses (& Other Inside Info)

My Philosophy About Mountain Leader Assessment Courses (& Other Inside Info)

Every Mountain Leader course covers the same syllabus and the same programme, but every course is different - different clients, different skills levels, different weather, and different outcomes. Last week’s assessment course was our 66th, and over the years since our first course we have developed a way of running the courses so that the candidates can perform at their best.

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What's The Future For Maps?

What's The Future For Maps?

GUEST POST by KELVYN JAMES
Every week it seems there’s another story about hillwalkers needing to be rescued because they’re “navigationally challenged” (lost!). Navigation courses remain the most popular courses I offer. But navigation – like all skills – is evolving, so I thought I’d write a post on where I am with this nowadays.

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My Top Six Expo Food Choices

My Top Six Expo Food Choices

Being gluten- and lactose-intolerant means that I can’t eat anything containing wheat, oats, barley, rye, and milk or mild products. Lots of the usual expo food items are out for me – pasta, butties, cheese, chocolate, most breakfast cereals including porridge, and many of the standard dried expo meals. Over the years I have tried different combinations of energy-dense food that is compact, lightweight and low on packaging, and now I have my go-to favourites that I take on every expo. 

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What's To Love About Lichens?

What's To Love About Lichens?

We walk past them all the time – and I bet most people don’t even notice. Yet they’re the very building blocks of life – some of the most amazing, and old, living things on our planet. Lichens – I love them and I’m going to tell you why….and maybe persuade you to come on our new ‘Loving Lichens’ Workshop.

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