Learn to Navigate with me!
- Map and Compass is my business venture with Cath
- Cath’s book: Navigate your way around the South Pennines, soon available from Sigma Press
- Map and Compass resources page, lots of great links
Other navigation companies
- Pete Hawkins navigation training in the Peak District, site includes freebies
- Alice Turner navigation teaching resources
- Micronavigation Lyle Brotherton’s site, various freebies and resources
- Something for everyone – wxpm has done loads of videos on navigation and put them on YouTube
- GPS Training – great resource about everything GPS
- Peak Navigation Courses including GPS
- Free mapping Open Street Map
- Ordnance Survey online map
- Dash4it cheap laminated maps
- Geograph photo of every grid square in UK project
- Ordnance Survey free resources
- Walk Highlands GPS planner, subscribe and access to UK maps
- Where’s the path shows OS map side by side with Google Earth
- Bing Maps (select Ordnance Survey for free access to 1:25K mapping)
There are two main sorts of compass – baseplate and sighting. I use the Silva Expedition 4 which is a good standard baseplate compass. Learn how to master this first before you move onto more technical devices. Make sure your compass is marked in degrees and not in mils (which are for military use). Second hand compasses, e.g. on eBay, may be a false economy so buy a decent compass and look after it. Keep it away from magnets and metal. There can be magnets in jackets, in phone cases and always in speakers so don’t put the compass in the door pocket of the car, as this is where the car’s radio speakers are. Also keep it away from your mobile phone.
Adventure and holidays
- Space Between dear friends and fab mountain people
- Basecamp Oulanka, Finland. Top notch outdoor activity centre set in the wilderness. Can’t praise this place and people enough.
- Pen-Y-Gwryd Hotel, Snowdonia. This is a quirky and old fashioned hotel and that’s what makes it special. And all the memorabilia of the ’53 Everest expedition.
- HF Holidays, the UK’s only cooperative holiday company, for guided and self guided walking, some of my best friends are leaders for HF. HF have the same links as the YHA and the Ramblers, see here for the history.
- Hillwalking site – in at Mike Raine’s flowers article
- Trail magazine YouTube site – it might be aimed at a young market but their YouTube site has plenty of videos on navigation and other aspects of being out in the hills
- Grough outdoors magazine
- Paul Poole Mountaineering lovely man and excellent teacher
- Plas y Brenin national mountain training centre
- Glenmore Lodge national mountain training centre
Walks and walking