Compass course in the Campsies after accidents

Navigation skills could help to save your life
Navigation skills could help to save your life

IMPROVE your map and compass skills – that’s the offer to hillwalkers after a series of recent incidents.

Courses are taking place in the Campsie Fells next month with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, which is concerned at this year’s rescue statistics.

Earlier this month the Herald told how a 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were airlifted to safety in separate incidents in the Campsies, near Lennoxtown.

The Mountaineering Council is taking bookings for a couple of one-day navigation courses in the Campsie Fells in September.

Mountain safety adviser Heather Morning said: “This is a great chance for hillwalkers to brush up on their navigation skills as the days get shorter and the consequences of a navigational error on Scotland’s mountains start to become more serious.”

The course will provide an introduction to theory followed by a practical session on the Campsies. The Mountaineering Council uses experienced instructors.

To take part in the course you must be 18 or over.

You will need to be equipped for a day out on the hills with food and drink, boots, gaiters, waterproof jacket and overtrousers, warm hat and gloves, and a map case or clear bag. Maps and compasses will be provided. The course is suitable as an introduction to essential navigation skills or as a refresher.

A spokesperson said: “The aim is to increase people’s confidence getting on and off hills, improve map reading and compass skills, and to encourage hillwalkers to pick up techniques to help in poor visibility.”

For more information about the course, including the cost, go to: www.mcofs.org.uk/navigation-courses.asp

Alternatively you can call 01479 861 241 for more details.