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General Discussion / Re: Publicity
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:50:26 AM »
Just read TGO review,thanks for link, says it all really ;)

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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:15:23 AM »
You look like someone from Ski Sunday Alan - circa 1970 ;)

I still say its worth dusting off the Fischers and getting back into XCSkiing.

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General navigational Kit / Re: PLBs for use in the hills
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:12:59 AM »
The jury was out for me until a colleague returned from climbing trip to Sutherland where his buddy took a really bad fall, as in broken-back, and went into shock, Keith carries a McMurdo at the bottom of his rucksack for his arctic trips and decided to fire it off. RAF rescue team arrived by helicopter and commended him. (Buddy made a full recovery after many months in hospital and off work)

I think it a like a lot of things, there will no doubt be some individuals who misuse these tools yet the vast majority of people will use them responsibility if educated to do so and this responsibility lies equally with the manufacturers and the government.

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Reviews, Suggestions and Advice / Re: Corrections to first print of UNM
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:05:03 AM »
Credit to you Lyle for 'fessing up'

The more I use the UNM the better it gets, most of the kids after attending our courses request a copy of it (we loan them one whilst here) and as they say children are the ultimate arbitrators ;)

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New Member Introductions / Re: 59 degrees North
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:01:00 AM »
Hi Malcolm, good to have another nav-addict sign up, I had no idea there were so many of us ;)

Like you had not (properly) used satnav until having bought UNM. We carried them Ė I work at an outward-bound centre - to get a grid reference if we got lost. Now we issue basic models as standard to the kids who we first instruct about trackback if they get lost.

Borrowed a top of the range model for use in Norway this winter, the Satmap A10+, only to find that its screen could not be viewed in the bright light caused by the reflection of the sun on the snow so used trusty Silva Expedition with paper maps.

Q. Is this common to all satnav screens?

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Satnav (GPS GLONASS COMPASS Galileo) / Re: What's next?
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:19:42 PM »
Thanks too Sniperkona :) was struggling with it myself :-[ so can now load pics of Norway onto Happy New Year thread :D

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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:16:35 PM »
Alan, for years I have travelled with my family to the slopes, mainly of France for alpine skiing, and whilst a competent skier I am in no way good or confident enough to go off-piste at these resorts. Added to this I have always struggled with the crowds on the slopes, where even a few people constitute a crowd to me. This year our kids were off doing their own thing so we took the opportunity to visit Norway and XC Ski Ė both firsts.

I will begin by saying what a devastatingly picturesque country Norway is and just how friendly and welcoming the people are. It reminded me a lot of wintery Scotland just everything was:

10X larger
10X less people
10X more expensive

We hired the Nordic skis when there and the first day we decided to just follow short tracks around our hut and are we glad we did! To start with the heel of the boot is not fixed which is logical for your foots articulation across level ground but as soon as you go down a slope my memory was from downhill skis and I spent the first few hours practising summersaults. The next massive difference is that we had taken our usual ski apparel, including Marino vest/long johns, fleece layer and quilted waterproof jacket, you simply do not need this as the amount of energy you expend felt like the 10X multiple again. Once we had accommodated for these differences the whole experience now rates 10X better for us than downhill.

The serenity and peace, almost at one with nature in parts as we came across reindeer on more than one occasion and actually got very close, is brilliant. After a few days you really get into the rhythm and start to cover considerable distances and after the trip we both felt a big improvement in our cardiovascular fitness, especially as you lunge with your arms in a sort of continual movement across the snow.

The Satmap stayed back at the hut and we used good old map and compass, usual techniques with the exception of two new ones courtesy of the UNM. First setting skis to the bearing through the baseplate compass, this really works well in focussing you in the right direction as when you push off, you naturally look ahead for your attack point, almost subliminally, and can enjoy the scenery more. The really useful technique though were the radial arms. As you are generally travelling at a greater speed than walking, having this reference worked so well keeping us on track that we started to substitute it for fine attack points.

Get those skis out of the loft Alan. Time again we would have practised some in Scotland before we went, but we will definitely be going again and are hooked on XC Skiing.

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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:09:42 PM »
From a very snow bound Norway, lots of Alan

Happy New Year everybody :)

Staying in a remote hut and lots of cross-country skiing over the break and today first day near Wi-Fi (see what you mean about escaping comms for a while Lyle) First time cross-country skiing and actually think I prefer it now to downhill.

Borrowed a Satmap A10+ as they are the only manufacturer offering topographic maps for this region - maps look great on the screen until you get out into the snow and the screen almost impossible to see, so back to good old map and compass. Tried the setting your bearing thru your skis and works well along with radial arms as the sun is very low in the sky.

Another two days then back to tropical UK!

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Reviews, Suggestions and Advice / Re: Book feedback
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:05:29 AM »
The organisation I work for is a charity and our Patron is a member of the Royal Family.

He, to his credit, takes a very active interest in our work and on one occasion had asked if he could join a group of youngsters we were working with that day in the forests.

I was leading the party and frankly a bit overwhelmed by his presence, for reasons that I still canít think of to this day, I got lost! Total respect to the guy, he could see that I was struggling with the map and politely asked if I would let him navigate for a while.

I think you are right Lyle: Concentration!

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Satnav (GPS GLONASS COMPASS Galileo) / Re: Garmin Dakota 20 Review
« on: December 02, 2011, 08:55:26 AM »
Great write-up Jester :)

You must be wealthy to get your hands on so many units ;)

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Compasses / Re: The perfect compass
« on: December 02, 2011, 08:53:13 AM »
Navigation lets most folk down in their ML Assessment Dave, it did in my first attempt at Winter ML- although winters were worse in those days ;)

I had never really used the Brace Position and have only adopted it since getting the book, now it is something I continually use. The youngsters we work with can be very demanding, and the first time you perform it they are inquisitive to know what you are doing, once told that I need to concentrate thereafter they stop talking to me as soon as I adopt this position, itís a really simple yet effective technique that I now instruct to others.

Perfect Compass
I bought a Silva pouch for my compass ages ago and I know if I always stored it in this bag it probably would not get scratched, but I donít. Frankly it is in use so much, especially when instructing, it is just not practical. So I would add to the Committees list :) scratch resistant plastic.

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New Techniques & Learning / Re: Ordnance Survey map conventions
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:55:54 PM »
Spot on Lyle.

Couple of years back we had some university students working with us at the centre during their summer holidays. One of them had a real passion for the outdoors, mapping and the like and had studied the Ordnance Survey vs Automobile Association case for her law thesis, she used exactly the same terminology, fingerprints, when she told us about it and went on to say in addition to imaginary farm buildings,

Stream tributaries
Tiny kinks in rivers
Exaggerated curves in roads
Extra and missing apostrophes.

And she described the fingerprints not as faults or errors, but subtle and secret ways of detecting plagiarism, rather like watermarks.

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Administrator Announcements / Re: Site Attack
« on: November 23, 2011, 01:24:29 PM »
No probs Lyle :)

Reality is that it has been a wake-up call for me to improve my internet security.

Ashamed to say, but I had become complacent and used the same password for a lot of things and I have spent this morning rectifying this, so to lose a few posts is far better than losing money from my bank account or worse still being a victim of identity theft.

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