Re: Basic navigational skills badly missing
- From: Mike Clark <mrc7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:59:26 GMT
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"Paul Saunders" <pvs1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> AndyP wrote:
> >> What a ludicrous idea! Can you give one example of someone following
> >> a GPS track on foot off the edge of a cliff? The idea is laughable!
> > Maybe not walk off a cliff but I can see how someone might in the
> > dark or mist not be able to see what the nature of the ground was
> > like
> No matter how bad the visibility you can almost always see the ground
> beneath your feet. In the dark you use a torch, and mist is rarely that
> thick. If unsure, prod the ground ahead of you with your walking pole.
You can't always make out the ground in a whiteout conditions, and it's
very easy to find yourself standing on a cornice.
Whilst ski-touring I've seen someone on the trail in front of me just
disappear into space as they've stepped off an edge, yet still not be
able to see the edge they've gone over myself.
o/ \\ // |\ ,_ o Mike Clark
<\__,\\ // __o | \ / /\, "A mountain climbing, cycling, skiing,
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