Navigation a book well worth a read – busy Cairngorm MRT over the last few days.

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team have been very busy with a spate of incidents and some wild weather as always they pulled out the stops and saved a few lives.

Loch Avon

From the Cairngorm Facebook page

“Snow keeps falling and drifts are getting deeper and deeper.
CMRT had three incidents to deal with today.
First a false alarm for a missing walker.
This was followed by a major callout of the whole team to assist a party of three windfarm construction workers stranded for 40 hrs high in the Monaliath. Heavy snow had left drifts as deep as 7m in the area. Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 951 was initially unable to reach the party. CMRT made a 130 mile round trip and deployed a ski team in support of the helicopter, whilst the CanAm was arriving and RAF MRT were on the way. Incredibly Rescue 951 managed to snatch the party to safety in the briefest of weather windows. A great job.
Unfortunately CMRT had already been re-tasked to assist two climbers who had become lost in the cairngorms after they finished their climb. In the end were found safe and well.
Getting a wee bit busy….” The masters of understatement.

Yesterday my mate drove up from the Borders Lyle Brotherton a good friend since I met him in the USA in 2008. He had a bit of a wild drive but was on great form. Arriving in the middle of the afternoon we managed a short wander round the coast before darkness. Lyle was impressed at the great weather we have in the Moray Firth compared with a few miles inland. He loves it here and we caught up with life etc. We went out for a meal in Findhorn and had some lovely food Lyle had the fresh mussels a speciality on a Thursday and me the usual chicken tikka and salad. We met Lenny who is a fan of Lyle’s book the Ultimate Navigation manual and he had also done a course with Heather Morning and Di Gilbert and was updating his navigation skills. We had a great chat. Lyle’s  book is a great insight into navigation and recommended as another tool in staying safe on the hills.

All the techniques you need to become an expert navigator.The Ultimate Navigation Manual is a unique guide to finding your way on land – from the basic principles right up to the advanced technology of GPS. Designed to allow even the absolute beginner to find their way anywhere in the world, it also develops a unique confidence in navigation – with or without technical aids.With a preface by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, contents will also include:Environmental clues – Using the natural environment to navigate>

Maps – An introduction to the different types of maps The Compass and North – How compasses work, how to use them and how to choose the right one.Map and Compass Navigation – twenty-five easy-to-learn skills are described,Relocation Procedures – What to do when lost, dealing with well-known relocation procedures and some ground-breaking new ones Stellar Navigation – Simple methods that are easy to learn GNSS (GPS) Navigation – Why Global Satellite Navigation Systems are the most significant advance in navigation since the invention of the magnetic compass; details all of the systems now available, including the American GPS Specialist environments and equipment – Which techniques are best, where and how to use them in environments such as the Arctic, coastal areas, desert regions, jungles or forests, mountains and urban areas>Written by one of the world’s leading search and rescue consultants designed to emphasise navigation problems – this is the ultimate guide to not losing your way


I am doing a chat on the Tues 20 the February at 2200 at the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore if your in the area it may be worth booking in. The chat is free and organised by the Munro Society and Mountaineering Scotland.

The weather will start getting better and many will be out hopefully enjoying the mountains, have fun and remember that it is not hill walking but winter mountaineering.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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