Navigation with a compass is not something that is difficult to grasp. In reality, it is as simple as 1,2,3.
If you are heading to any trails, mountains or if you are in a new area looking to explore, a detailed map of the area (1:50,000) and a compass should be part of your all important mandatory kit. More importantly, the knowledge of how to use a map with a compass is essential.
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Trail running safety from Emily Pass, Fiordland National Park
To be a lifelong runner you will need to stay alive. But it’s surprisingly easy to get lost or dead while trail running. Here’s how to avoid your slow agonising demise. More likely it will prevent the embarrassment of being rescued while scaring the shit out of your loved ones.
On the morning of May 10 2015, Susan O'Brien started the Xterra Wellington Trail Run in the Rimutaka Forest Park. Concerns arose when she failed to return. The race organisers' robust safety procedures kicked in. Teams scoured the area until dark. The search resumed early on May 11. Fortunately, after consuming her own breast milk and digging herself into a hole, O'Brien was found alive and well. She was understandably shaken and embarrassed.
On the morning of May 10, Susan O'Brien started the Xterra Wellington Trail Run in the Rimutaka Forest Park. Concern was raised when she failed to return. The race organisers' robust safety procedure kicked and teams scoured the area until dark. The search resumed early on May 11. Fortunately, after consuming her own breast milk, and digging herself into a hole O'Brien was located on May 11.
The situation brings up a few topics of discussion, which I hope the trail running community can use as a positive.