A good navigator is worth their weight in gold when things get a little tricky; cloud closes in, rivers rise, gales blow or forests entangle. Knowing where you are and deciding how to get to where you ought to be is one of the cornerstone skills for any outdoors person.
Whilst the basics are fun and easy to pick up, to become a confident and reliable navigator when the going is tough requires years of practice and mentoring. Here we will build a list of useful resources to use when running training events and courses for your club or group:
- There are some helpful tips in FMC’s Safety in The Mountains booklet, available free online here on Wilderlife, or for sale in printed form.
- Navigation and Map reading lectures & presentations (PDF/pptx) provided by Tony Walton, of Auckland Tramping Club.