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Navigator – stage 4



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  1. Show you know how to:
    • convert grid bearings to magnetic bearings and vice versa
    • use back bearings to check the route
    • estimate your current position using a compass
    • walk on a bearing, including ‘deviating from course’ (the four right angles technique to bypass an obstacle)
    • read a six figure grid reference.
  2. Using 1:50000 and 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey maps:
    • interpret contour lines in terms of shape and steepness of terrain. Learn what the topographical features mean, including valley, col, ridge and spur
    • show how to set a map, with and without a compass. Learn how
      to use and give six-figure grid references. Demonstrate the use of a roamer to improve accuracy.
    • show how to find north without the aid of a compass, by day or night.
  3. Walk two compass routes of at least 5 kilometres each. They should be defined on a map, one route’s start and end points defined by you and the other by an adult.
  4. Show you know how to dress appropriately  for the walk and what kit you and your group need.
  5. Choose the most appropriate type of map for the journey you
    are taking.


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