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Techniques and Skills for Walkers [With Navigational Aid]

By Pete Hawkins

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Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Other Information: Illustrated; Includes Other
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2007
This practical handbook to navigation - the techniques of using map and compass - will help you master the key skills necessary for walking and mountaineering in the mountains. As a small, pocket guide, this is an ideal companion to take into the hills, and since practice will make perfect, time spent navigating will provide the freedom and confidence to enjoy our hills and mountains. Chapters include instruction in map reading, taking bearings, route planning, navigation at night or in bad weather, as well as details on GPS navigation. Navigation is a fundamental skill, and with this handbook, you can enjoy exploring the wilds with confidence. The guidebook is small and lightweight, with a PVC jacket and comes complete with a Navigational Aid card. With full-colour diagrams and photography throughout, this handbook will have you enjoying the hills to their utmost. The author, Pete Hawkins, is a qualified mountain leader, freelance journalist and the author of 'Map and Compass' published by Cicerone. He writes the monthly navigation column for a leading leading walking magazine.

Table of Contents

Preface by Alan Hinkes OBE Foreword Chapter 1 Why Use a Map and Compass? Chapter 2 Map Essentials - Scales and Grids Chapter 3 Map Symbols and Contours Chapter 4 Walking with the Map Chapter 5 Choosing your Compass Chapter 6 Taking a Bearing from the Map Chapter 7 Taking a Bearing from the Ground Chapter 8 Walking with Map and Compass Chapter 9 Route Planning Chapter 10 Night and Bad Weather Navigation Chapter 11 New Technology - GPS and Computer Mapping Chapter 12 Where Now? Appendices Appendix I Answers to Questions Appendix II Useful Contacts and Addresses Appendix III Further Reading Appendix IV Navigational Aid Index

About the Author

Pete trained as a geography teacher and taught in schools for a year before escaping to the Peak District National Park's Environmental Centre for an outside job. He took over map and compass training by default and over the years has taught more beginners how to read a map and compass than there are hairs on his head. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, has worked for the BBC as a local radio reporter and leads walking holidays around the world for his own company, Peakland Walking Holidays, and others. Pete is author of Map and Compass also published by Cicerone.

Reviews

'The small size of this attractive new series launched by Cicerone will make them very suitable for carrying on the hill. All are well illustrated with colour photos, sketches and map, and have solid plastic covers.This book is is packed full of information and advice, using diagrams to keep the text short. All necessary techniques are covered, from understanding maps to night and bad weather navigation.A plastic romer, map scales and timing chart inside the back cover are also very handy for newcomers to the hills.'(Irish Mountain Log / Summer 2007)

EAN: 9781852844905
ISBN: 1852844906
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Dimensions: 15.5 x 10 x 0.8 centimetres (0.10 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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