AN AUDIENCE WITH ADVENTURE 2018
an evening of adventure inspiration
Finding your way in the hills comes with its own inherent set of challenges and in winter the challenges are tenfold. Blanket snow cover can deem the features you’re used to navigating by futile and an unexpected whiteout can soon find you disoriented and heading in the wrong direction and with adverse weather never far away, time constraints are far more severe. Rock solid skills therefore are vital when it comes to getting out there and practicing your winter skills in easier conditions is a must.
Dialling in your kit and refining your knowledge base is a perpetually evolving pursuit, built largely on personal experience and preference, but if you’re new to winter conditions, you’ll need a starting block. Mountain Guide (MIC, MIA and IML) and leader of our Alpine Skills Adventure Academy course in Georgia, Matt Barratt recently climbed Mt Stanley from the Democratic Republic of the Congo using pretty much his entire inventory of navigation techniques from following a GPS track, walking on a bearing to drawing a sketch map to find his way.
So, what better person to run us through the kit and skills you’ll need to stay on track and in control when conditions and the local environment make finding your way that bit trickier? Below, Matt runs us through the foundations of winter navigation.
Firstly, having the right equipment for the challenges you’re undertaking is essential as is checking and testing everything before leaving home.
Don’t have all the gear and no idea. If you can’t read a map then having all the best gear and a wonderful GPS is no use at all.