Navigational Mistakes

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11th February 2015

Navigating in the hills can be a daunting, stressful yet very satisfying experience.

We have all taken the wrong bearing from that moving sheep, or worse still forgotten our compass altogether. 

Working with novices and experienced navigators we have come across a lot of simple yet potentially dangerous errors.

In partnership with Brunton we asked over 1000 professional outdoor instructors...

What are the most common mistakes you or your clients have made whilst navigating?
  1. Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing i.e. getting North and South mixed up.
  2. Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
  3. Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
  4. Losing concentration and walking too far when you get to your point falling victim to confirmation bias. [The tendency to see things that confirm you are right, but miss things that show you are wrong.]
  5. Only carrying one compass with you  - if one breaks you are stuck

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