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.