Maps come in all different sizes, by sizes I mean some show a large area with less detail and some show a small area with lots of detail. Below I describe the four main map scales and how to choose the best one for your adventure. 1:25 000 This scale is the most detailed you … More Map Reading tips – Part 4 – Map Scales
Did you know that the north on your map can be different to the north on your compass? and the north on your compass and map is also not the same as true north? This fact can often be overlooked and can effect the outcome of your navigation. Grid North Grid North is the north … More Map Reading Tips- Part 3 – North, North and North
Why use grid references? Grid references allow a person to give an exact location in the outdoors, this system is ideal if you find yourself in need of help and need to call mountain rescue. The pictures below are all on 1:25 maps, however, this same system is used on 1:40 and 1:50 The picture above … More Map Reading Tips – Part 2 – Grid references
Learn the features of your compass and how to use them. … More Map Reading Tips – Part 1 – Get to know your compass.
On the flanks of Helvellyn you will find one of the country’s most popular scrambles and it’s easy to see why. Striding edge is the perfect scrambling introduction and being grade 1 it offers superb views with no requirement for a rope or technical skills. Don’t treat it too lightly though as it still offers … More Monday Motivation – Striding Edge –
This month I was asked to contribute to an article about being out in the mountains in winter. Contributors were from all parts of the industry including IFMGA guides and outdoor photographers. Summit is the magazine of the BMC (British mountaineering council) and is free to all BMC members.
The weather is the most important aspect of any mountain day and how you plan for it. I constantly monitor the forecasts and use many sources to try and stay one step ahead. All this being said the weather can act against the rules and you should always plan for the worst. Its never 100% all … More Planning for the weather!