Advanced Navigation - Handrail And Aiming Off

30 Minutes | Scouts,Explorers | Outdoors

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Advanced Navigation - Handrail And Aiming Off

30 Minutes | Scouts,Explorers | Outdoors

  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Some basic navigational skills/knowledge (or someone with this!)

  1. For full details please watch the associated video
  2. First, we look at aiming off…
  3. From your start point take a bearing to your intended finish point (or next point on your route)
  4. This seems straight forward, however over a distance of 2km with a margin of error of + or – 4 degrees you could miss your point by 150m
  5. This could be left or right of your intended destination
  6. The solution? Aim to one side of your destination, this way you know that you need to travel in a defined direction to reach your point
  7. In the video example we aim to the left of the bridge and use the river as a handrail to then walk along to the bridge
  8. Next, handrails…
  9. This is where you use known features to navigate to the target point
  10. For example, following a fence line to a defined point and then taking a bearing to walk to the end/start of a river and then on to a hills summit
  11. You use the various points to help guide you
  12. Other skills and activities to try in order to improve your navigation skill set…
  13. Reading contours
  14. Following physical, natural features
  15. Trying to find small features on a map at night or in the fog (micro-nav)

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Advanced Navigation - Handrail And Aiming Off completes requirements for the following badges

Scout - Expedition Challenge


Staged - Navigators


D of E Award