Tip of the Week – Looking back (Navigation series)

When walking on an unfamiliar route, take the opportunity to look back at where you’ve been.  This gives a change of perspective which can assist in identifying the key features to help successfully navigate a return leg, particularly in the event of a decrease in visibility.  This activity is nice and discrete when with a group and offers an opportunity to take in a view that may otherwise be missed.

Identifying key features such as a distinctive knoll or stream bend, or even noticing a rock in a particularly unusual shape can support core navigational skills such as walking on a bearing or handrailing.  This can be very helpful when the cloud drops or heavy rain reduces visibility.  So, looking back occasionally can assist when moving forward.



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