Full Days Map reading & Navigation Skills with AAA

AAA Outdoor & Hiking - Adventure Travel
AAA Outdoor & Hiking - Adventure Travel
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Yha Ironbridge

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Map reading & Navigation Skills with AAA

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If you wish to learn how to map read and how to get yourself 'unlost' using everyday devices then this is the weekend for you.

We will be based in Shropshire on the AAA Weekend and on Saturday (https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/260244131/) we will focus on teaching some basic navigation, compass and map skills along with some more advanced skills to stop you getting into trouble. We will also focus on how you can save yourself if you do get lost.


We have decided to charge £15 to cover the cost of materials etc for this event. We aim to cover the following;

1. Maps and map types
2. Compasses and the basics
3. Map orientation
4. The differences between the Norths & Magnetic Variation / Declination
5. Grids & grid references
6. Contours, map Symbols & Rights of Way
7. Bearings
8. Handrailing, contouring, aiming off & attack points.
9. Resection, Back bearings and Cross bearings
10. Using Smartphones
11. Pacing, Time & Distance

We will undertake the majority of the navigation training outdoors.

Therefore all the appropriate hiking clothing will be required, we will be walking on compass bearings a great deal and not always utilising paths, tracks etc.

We recommend you bring the following items, in addition to the normal hiking kit list;

1. Compass (Required)
The ideal compass to buy is the Silva Expedition 4 Compass as it has everything you need and is easy to use.
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When buying a compass please ensure that it has a roamer on the base plate. Not sure what a roamer the check out this short video

2. Small pad & pencil

3. We will bring laminated copies.

4. Headtorch for some night navigation.

Prior to the weekend, you can read some useful information on the Ordnance Survey web site


In order to join this FREE training session, you will need to have joined the AAA weekend.

Prior to the weekend please Download the following Apps to your Smart Phone.

1. OS Locate (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-locate)

2. OS Maps (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-maps-online2.html) (Download a few days prior to leaving as the app is FREE for 7 days)

Your teacher

Mike H has been leading hiking groups within the Meetup environment since 2011 and has undertaken the Mountain leader Training Courses. Prior to Meetup Mike spent 11 years in the army with a specialist Long Range Reconnaissance unit specialising in moving and navigating at night in a wide range of conditions and locations.

During his time in the military, he also taught recruits on an advance selection course, both day and night navigation, amongst other skills.

Mike has also spent many years building online mapping applications and working with mapping data in the commercial sector.

He can bore you to death on this topic, so don't get him started!