Sunday, 3 October 2010

More Advanced Navigation

Using slope aspect to relocate in poor visibility.

Today was the second of a two day Advanced Navigation course for Mountainsplus. With plenty of low cloud around we opted to drive up to the Three Shire Stone and use the area around Cold Pike to challenge and develop various navigational strategies. The morning was spent looking at using time to measure distance and compare the merits of Naismith and Cliff! We also developed a default strategy to guarantee the navigation was accurate as possible for a worst case scenario.
After a quick bite to eat we played with searching for your target in poor visibility and worked through how to relocate when you are temporarily misplaced (lost!). The rest of the day was spent looking at the various navigational strategies that we could use on some pretty tricky legs.
We had a few brief showers but the winds were very light and there was even a few bursts of sunshine towards the end of the day. Overall a very successful course and everyone has gone away with plenty of tools to practice and experiment with.

Low lying cloud around the Langdale Pikes