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All set for an early sunset? 9 ways to prepare

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24/10/2017

Since the clocks go back this weekend, suddenly the Sunday evening sunset will arrive significantly earlier. It's easy to be caught out. So to help, let's shine a light on some steps you should take to avoid being unexpectedly out in the dark on the hills.
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Help or hazard? Why GPS may be leading us astray

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08/06/2016

Are hill walkers becoming so reliant on technology that we may be losing a part of ourselves and our ability to ‘see’ the bigger picture? Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Advisor with The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, debates whether that GPS ‘safety net’ is becoming more of a hazard than a help.
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How to use GPS devices in the mountains safely

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20/08/2015

You may have a GPS nestling in the palm of your hand when you read this - but can you use it in the hills and mountains? Chris Townsend takes us through how to use GPS in the outdoors safely, whether on a standalone device or your phone.
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How to take a compass bearing

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29/07/2015

Taking a compass bearing can be fiddly at first but is easy once you get the hang of it. Chris Townsend explains how to do it in this BMC TV video.
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How to take a grid reference

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22/06/2015

Grid references are important in the hills for emergencies, finding features and letting people know where you are. Chris Townsend takes us through how to understand them in this BMC TV video.
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Emergency packing for hill walking

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30/05/2015

If things do go wrong in the mountains, are you prepared? Chris Townsend looks at the crucial bits of kit you need on hand for emergences.
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New edition for Langmuir’s classic training manual

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02/01/2013

The fully revised and updated fourth edition of Eric Langmuir’s classic training handbook Mountaincraft and Leadership has finally been delivered. Years in the making, and over 450 pages long, every aspect of mountaincraft is covered in this evergreen manual first published in 1969.
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Smartphone apps: handle with care

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29/08/2012

The increasing number of hill walkers being rescued after relying on smartphone apps for navigation has prompted a rash of negative newspaper headlines. Can our love of technology really be that bad? Ed Douglas discovers there’s no substitute for a map and compass.
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Navigation in the Mountains now in stock

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16/08/2012

Navigation is the fundamental skill required by anyone wanting to travel safely through the mountains and hills in all the conditions they present. A new definitive guide for walkers, mountaineers and leaders covers every aspect of mountain navigation.
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Hill skills: how to survive a whiteout

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12/12/2011

When bad weather hits snowy hills, there’s a good chance you could experience a whiteout. But could you navigate your way back to safety?
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