/ navigation for dummys
i find the langmuir book hard work, are there any new books that i don't know about, that are worth a look at?
I'd say forget about using any book - just teach them what you know.
Not new but ...
Steve Long's 'Hillwalking' is worth a look and covers much more than just nav (value for money!). It's the handbook for the ML scheme.
It really depends on their learning style though - learning navigation from a book is going to be mind-blowing - better to get on the hill and go through stuff with them, step by step at a speed that suits. Or book onto a course with a reputable provider ;)
Good luck with it,
It's also worth getting them to fill out a route card before heading out. Get them to write bearings, distances, features and the type of terrain they'd expect to encounter. Something for them to work with when they're on the hill. Don't forget, it's about developing a picture of the landscape, not just taking a bearing on a sheet.
The hillwalking book above is good, but this one is of the same quality and specifically for navigation (it expands on the navigation section in the hillwalking book):
Martin Moran's "Scotland's Winter Mountains" has a good chapter on navigation and is a fine book to have anyway.
Both Carlo Forte's MLT manual, Navigation in the Mountains, and Lyle Brotherton's Ultimate Navigation Manual are very good, and both include chapters on teaching navigation. I have a marginal preference for Carlo's book but we recommend them both equally to our MR trainees for working on their nav.
Stages of training
1. Talk about what you're going to learn
2. Talk about the topic itself, breaking it into subsections where necessary
3. End each section with a practical exercise using a real-workd example they will already partly understand
5. Review learning
As time progresses, you can steadily increase the amount of nav people undertake directly...
Then bring it all together with a meme, I use the 5 Ds because it works at all skill levels, if you know all of them, at any given time, you will not be lost.
- Distance (how far)
- Direction (which way did you go)
- Duration (how long have you walked since your last known point)
- Detail (what is around you, i.e. contours, woodland, etc)
- Don't go past (what is the natural boundary of your journey stage, i.e. if I walk to Brighton, I have gone too far if I end up in the sea)
The emergency 6th 'D' is Doughnut - it'll give your navigator something nice to think about while they're trying to remember whichever D they've forgotten :)
Drill into your students that they are not allowed to say 'Are we here', instead tell them to start the sentence 'We are HERE' - it forces them to think!
The NNAS Bronze syllabus is really good.
and 4. Make it fun and interactive
We often suggest the BMC New Hill Walkers booklet. A good introduction to navigation and using a compass. Free download from the BMC website:
i was going to first explain the information on a maps, especially contours then how to orientate the map with the compass, to show how the compass works a little, anything beyond that needs to be in context it think.
I found the BMCs recent nav course (run by Peak Mountaineering) excellent. I picked up loads of stuff I'd not considered before.
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