Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
NAVIGATION COURSE, FESHIE HILLS
Terry with some accurate compass work
80% map reading
Great conditions for Navigation
Return client, Terry was out with me today on a one day navigation course. Terry has already been on a winter course with me and thought it was time he focused on the no.1 hill skill, navigation . Perfect conditions for it. Cloud on the tops, strong wind and some rain thrown in for good measure. We went on the Feshie hills around Carn Ban Mor and Sgor Gaoithe. All the hills in this area are perfect terrain for Navigation. Featureless and mostly pathless high up, apart from the Munro summits. By the end of the day Terry had mastered the compass but more importantly good map and ground reading skills which form 80% of navigating in the mountains. What a change in the weather. First time in weeks we were wearing waterproofs, fleeces, hats and gloves!