Navigation on Fraoch-Bheinn

Today I was out with Heather who wanted to learn the basics of navigation.  With a fair bit of experience already with maps it was apparent that we could go along a bit quicker through the fundamentals: orienting the map, using a journey to help work out where we had been and what terrain we should travel through.

On the lower slope of Fraoch-Bheinn (heather peak) we introduced using the compass to confirm direction of travel by taking a general bearing before moving on to taking more accurate bearings up the hill.  By lunch time we were on the summit overlooking Loch Sheil, and Glen Finnan with Ben Nevis in the background.  We continued round the horseshoe to Sgurr an Utha with great views to Loch Beoraid and the isles of Rum, Eigg and Skye.

On the way down we covered navigation strategies like hand railing, dog legging and having a catching feature.  Great progression throughout the day by Heather and a great day to be on the western hills.

Heather with Ben Nevis in the background

Heather with Ben Nevis in the background

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