5 Most Common Navigational Mistakes
Brunton has commissioned a study by Strong Roots Training into the most common mistakes made when navigating. The research will form the basis of the Brunton TruArc Compass Demos that will take place at the Telegraph Outdoor and Adventure Travel show on the Brunton stand [OU1314] on the 12th – 15th February.
Strong Roots Training asked a team of outdoor professionals what are the most common mistakes they have made whilst navigating. They are listed below:
Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing i.e. getting north and south mixed up.
- Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
- Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
- Losing concentration and walking too far when you get to your point – falling victim to confirmation bias. [The tendency to see things that confirm you are right, but miss things that show you are wrong.]
- Only carrying one compass with you – if one breaks you are stuck.
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