# Re: Maps! (let's have a seperate thread, instead of using roll call)

However, in upland mountain areas and in bad visibility an error of 185
yards per mile could be a problem.

Absolutely!

GAGS

Well!
I stand corrected Stevie, Steve & Gags !
Thankyou!
I am totally pants at maths,
but to be 185 yards out after a mile's walking with a 2 deg error!
That is a huge distance... I had no idea.
I had imagined it would be a few feet and that these accurate devaitions
were just for airline pilots and ship's captains.

So, I need to teach 2 deg now?

As to using compasses in what you call 'lowland areas', I would say it is
just as important as anywhere.
What we have around London, and what is our 'bread and butter' hiking, are
millions of tiny footpaths, some only a few hundred yards long, and
differenciating one from another is continual detective work.... I love it.
The typical problem is when you come through a field to a small lane, which
looks exactly like a dozen roads in the area, but which road? And a compass
is usually the key to discovering the right road. I have walked in most of
the wild places in the UK and have often walked on a circular route of only
three or four long footpaths/ bearings. A typical hike around Surrey/ Kent
could easily involve 50 path junctions and each needs to be checked with map
and compass. What you look for when setting a route that keeps scouts off of
roads is a 'run' of dozens of short paths that get the walker from A - B. Of
course, the chance of a compounded error is huge especially as paths go
through gardens and farms where signs have been removed etc etc.
I really can't say that walking here is any harder than walking in mountains
but it is all we have locally and is a totally different skill .
And strangely, you often meet no-one for hours on end.
Where-as when I was in the Black Mountains last week, it was like Piccadilly
Circus!
Eddie Langdown GSL 16th Bermondsey, London
http://bermondseyscout.co.uk/

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