Measuring distance on your map

Skills

Have you ever looked at a map and tried to figure out how long a track is or how high it climbs? Working this out will help you estimate the...

Navigational tools

Skills

When a track is poorly defined or difficult to follow, you can utilise one of these handy navigational tools. Handrails A handrail is an identifiable linear feature that helps guide...

Leapfrogging with a compass

Skills

Walking on a bearing is simple in good visibility, but what happens when you travel in fog or terrain without landmarks? When walking a bearing, you can usually face the...

Aiming off

Skills

Aiming off is a useful navigation technique that involves intentionally aiming away from your final destination.  If you’re walking off-track or in low-visibility conditions, you can walk on a bearing...

Boxing out

Skills

If you’re walking on a bearing you must go dead straight. So, what do you do if you meet an obstacle you can’t walk through?  Sometimes while walking on a...

Navigating by stream

Skills

Rivers and streams are a useful navigational tool if you’ve been paying attention to the map and your location awareness. Trampers often count rivers and streams as a tool to...

Navigating through confirmation bias

Skills

Trampers tend to notice the geographic features that confirm their location while ignoring the features that confirm they are not where they think they are. Most trampers will have mistakenly...

Navigation on easy walks

Skills, Wild navigation

Just because your trips are easy day or overnight walks, doesn’t mean you can neglect your navigation skills. Those who usually go on day walks or overnighters often feel they...

Track Markers

Skills

Track markers help identify the path you need to follow. However, there are a few tricks and tips you need to be aware of. The Department of Conservation uses orange...

Navigation: should I walk?

Skills

Learn how to study the map of your upcoming trip before you depart. You may be planning to walk to Rangiwahia Hut and considering whether to do the loop or...