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Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 16-08-2011
Once again, this year's mountain rescue statistics highlighted the importance of having appropriate skills for the mountains, especially the ability to navigate.
Now is the right time to learn to read a map before the onset of winter. Hill walkers can do this, on hills within sight of Glasgow, with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS).
The MCofS is taking bookings now for a couple of one-day Navigation courses in the Campsie Fells this September.
MCofS Mountain Safety Adviser Heather Morning said: "This is a great chance for hill walkers to brush up on their navigation skills as the days get shorter and the consequences of a navigational error on Scotland's mountains start to become more serious."
The MCofS navigation course provides a gentle introduction to the theory followed by a practical session on the hill. The MCofS uses experienced instructors and the minimum age is 18 years. Entrants will need to be equipped for a day out on the hill with food and drink, boots, gaiters, waterproof jacket and overtrousers, warm hat and gloves and a map case or clear poly bag. Maps and compasses will be provided.
Brush up on your Navigation Skills.
- Suitable as an introduction or refresher of essential navigation skills.
- Increase confidence in finding the way on and off the hill.
- Learn the essential skills of map reading and compass bearings.
- Pick up techniques to enable location on the hill in poor visibility.
The cost of the courses is £35 for MCofS members and £45 for non-members.
Visit http://www.mcofs.org.uk/navigation-courses.asp for further information from the MCofS website.
To make a booking call 01738 493 942.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 20-07-2011
The Operations Sub-committee at UKHQ has agreed improved rules for hillwalking and new rules and guidance for high ropes activities (which includes crate stacking) within Scouting. Details of what has changed and the reasons behind it can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/activitiesupdates.
The new rules and guidance for high ropes activities are for implementation by 31 March 2012 to ensure those running activities have time to make any updates to their operation. Until then, members should refer to the January 2011 version of POR (PDF download here) for high ropes activities.
The updates to hillwalking are for implementation immediately as they don't place any restrictions on activities that were happening within the existing rules.
This follows lengthy reviews, consultations and pre-launch checks with the Movement. The changes have been designed to remove some of the barriers that have been identified, and provide support, where none previously existed, in running these activities to ensure their continued, safe provision for our members.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12-07-2011
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