How many still wear at watch on the hills ?

How many folk still wear a watch on the hill? I did a night navigation exercise last year and some were relying purely on their phone ? I still use a watch on my wrist and always have . I find it very navigation in bad weather when I am timing and step counting. In other years I had a watch and altimeter and used the altimeter often whilst navigating in wild weather. On searches it was a great tool especially the altimeter if we were contouring.

Comments welcome ?

A few comments from my tweet on the same subject: Mark – I do, I find the altitude readings invaluable, especially in poor visibility, works best when continuously calibrated at known spot heights as barometric pressure can change over a few hours.

John – Always wear a watch, even got an old one attached to my walking pole, handy to see.

Vagabond Vicky – I have a clip on watch, a chunky version of a nurse’s watch, that attaches to a shoulder strap of a bag. Cost about £10. We’d use these in Antarctica clipped to our radio harnesses. No need to take off gloves or move jacket sleeves. I don’t usually wear a watch on a daily basis.

Your ideas tips comments as always welcome !

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to How many still wear at watch on the hills ?

  1. Jim Higgins says:

    It wasnt until I did mountain leadership courses at the old Corrie Croft on Arran that I bothered with a watch. I found it quite helpful in general navigation over the day but for precision navigation It was step counting I found most useful especially in poor visibility. When I was walking a bearing in heavy mist I would use the stop watch over very short legs and in such conditions I always kept my bearings short legs. I found timing with a stop watch inconsistent at times depending on the gradient, underfoot conditions and tiredness. I had to continually re assess times for that purpose and it could get a tad confusing. I had 3 general step formulas for steep ground. Heavy heather or steep scree and flat or downhill and I would work accordingly with that.

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  2. Nicholas McAllister says:

    Good question Heavy, I haven’t worn a watch daily for years. I do keep one in my top pocket of my rucksack to put on when out in the hills for navigation. A nice simple gshock saves the power on the phone.

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