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I found this. The changing length for up/down hill makes good sense.
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In failing that, it's about choosing a length that's comfortable and knowing when to put them away (you may find it better to keep hands free for scrambling, etc).

General Discussion / Re: Will this change the way we read?
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:30:42 AM »
When I read a book i tend to build up a mental picture of everything to visualise it as I go along. This makes me a little slower.

One thing about the spritz is how it affects dyslexics. Also, it's one thing reading the words but it's another taking it all in (as my teachers used to remind me).

General Discussion / Re: Will this change the way we read?
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:50:35 PM »
That's impressive. Though it felt like a cross between being force fed and water boarded at the same time (which I suppose that's what water boarding is)

Per your last sentence - you're forgetting that the orbit effect is caused by the edge of the earth defracting light. So your observation is inconclusive. Now - if the earth was a globe rather THAN FLAT - well you may then have a point...  ;)

Wait till you see the orbit of the moon round the sun drawn out on paper - it weaves in and out of Earth's orbit.

Fortunately, they probably don't own passports...

I just had a weekend in the Lake District and thought about this very subject! I don't own a GPS device and refrain from using my iPhone whilst walking and have often wondered about how quickly it would take skills to degrade.

Also, I wonder how many people are emboldened into more risky hikes, venturing beyond their capabilities because they just have a device that is "guaranteed to stop them getting lost".

Top find thank you.


New Techniques & Learning / Re: 100 metre memory
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:21:42 PM »
It's also useful for determining how far away the pub is when you have line of sight.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone, new to the Forum,
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:19:43 PM »
Ay up!

Welcome to the Forum. You will find everyone here friendly. They must be - they tolerate me!

Emergency & Backup Equipment / Re: Uk Flooding and Potable Water
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:11:02 PM »
The Lifesaver bottle is probably one of the best things to have considering how incredibly effective it is.

A former colleague of mine was working in local flooding a few years back and acquired some virus or other (he was wading up to his waste in flood water, which at the time I thought was a bit silly considering the sewers would have been flooded as well). He lost his voice for about 2 months and it's still reoccurring a problem for him now (weakened one half of his voice box so it can't function properly whenever he gets a bad cold).

Unless you have a proper barrier protection from flood water, I wouldn't go wading in it.

But back to your point - yes, the Lifesaver bottle is one of the best things to have

Wilderness Survival / Re: A lesson about redundancy
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:18:35 PM »
This reminds me of when I was going for a walk with my wife.

I remembered (with prompting from Mrs Hobbo) that I had forgotten to pack a tea bag. So I purchased accordingly and went for the walk.  Had a break for lunch, got the stove out, set it up....damn, no way of lighting it.

Ah well. Senior moment, before my time :-S

Regional SAR teams / Re: Snowdon Rescue
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:12:08 PM »
Oh dear.

There's no accounting for some people.

New Techniques & Learning / Magnetic Variation
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:20:55 AM »
Apologies if this is in the wrong part of the forum!

Came across this website whilst reading the news today (news article here: The site will give you the current magnetic variation for the co-ordinates you supply it with.

Rather useful, I think!

Go to to have a play with it yourself.

Satnav (GPS GLONASS COMPASS Galileo) / Re: Speed control
« on: September 09, 2013, 01:42:08 PM »
It's all interesting, and I think it wouldn't be a big step up from automatic control to automatic ticketing.  Anyway, I have a similar system in my car at the moment - Cruise control. I set it to 2mph above the speed limit (speedometers are always out...) and I can forget about the cameras.

Though the big problem I have with cameras is that they don't take into account weather conditions, when traffic speed should be lower. And the distance between vehicles greater.

I guess it's bobbies on patrol and not on top of paperwork that would really help with reducing traffic accidents.

New Member Introductions / Re: New member from Belgium
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:58:58 PM »
Hello! Don't worry about this lot - they're mostly harmless  ;)

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello navigators
« on: May 22, 2013, 05:15:40 PM »
Hello and welcome.

I won't correct your English as you probably speak clearer than I do anyway :-)

Hope you enjoy the forum!

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