We spent the day sharpening Adam's core navigation skills today. Bearings, back bearings, effective relocation and the constant tracking of progress. We also looked at reading contours and moving safely and efficiently on steep ground with no paths. It can be tough to cover as much ground as possible in a single day. It's tiring. To be a good navigator, you have to slow down and look around you. You have to really see the shape of the landscape and all its details. You use your ears as well as your eyes, your legs and your lungs. One thing also I try to pass on to each of the people I take out on courses is the philosophy of caring for the environment you move through. We really do take a lot from these places and it's important to give something back - to respect them. Look after them. Minimise your own impact and help balance that of others. Probably the most important thing about my courses is that without a doubt, it's a laugh! It's hard enough as it is, so it's good to relax and just have a good day out. I think myself, Gwen and Adam ticked all the boxes today! Got some nice pics too. 😁
Adam taking a bearing earlier today. This was his last one. He was nackered. I was nackered. Gwen was bored, waiting for us. The end of a long day of learning for Adam and of teaching for me. Happy to be home for a curry and a film on the couch with the pup. Think she has also taken the knock!
It is said that An Lochan Uaine (the Green Loch) in Glenmore Forest Park is green because the pixies used to wash their clothes in the loch. I don't know if that's true, but this loch indeed is magically green. 😍