With a very clear
and contrasting topography New Zealand offers the best possible areas for
developing and learning this skill.
can provide skilled teachers to pass on
this important skill. You learn how to use maps to find your location using
back bearings on a map, Identify map features with land features, plan
safe routes, use a compass effectively, identify features, estimate
travelling times and more.
use the 1:50,000 scale maps for advance training. these are available at
many information centres and provide information to enable experiences bush
walkers to safely move without other tracks or signs.
Students are shown how to calculate this and account for it when relying on
their compass to navigate accurately.
Orientating your map
learn how speed up the way you navigate in some areas and conditions simply
by orienting you map correctly. With
interested groups do this at various locations during their tour
until practice get it right.
groups learn how to find directions, establish a bearing and to follow these
correctly. Hands on exercises in interesting areas are undertaken to
reinforce this skill.
serious studies the skill to calculate these work these using maps only then
setting your compass correctly is the objective. With this skill you
will be able to travel in the dark, fog or mountain cloud.
Identifying land marks & features
familiar with these in reality and on the map ensures greater speed and
accuracy. With this skill you will be able to visit areas without actually
Calculating travel time
one of the most common and important skills for travel planning. We can use
this for vehicle travelling as well as walking.
As time permits you can enjoy the activity many
people simply do for fun and competition.
important to be able to direct search & rescue help to you.
Correct communication ensures accuracy and speed.