This entry details day two of my walk. Day two was very chilled out as it was mostly downhill. Plus I had been psyching myself up for heavy rain (the forecast) but as it turned out the rain never materialised!
Overall the walk was quite uneventful, other than a small section where I got ‘locationally displaced’ 🙂
As I describe below, when
lost I mean ‘locationally displaced’, one should sit down, relax and take stock of the situation.
Simples – the chances are you remember where you came from, so in the worse case you can simply back track until you get to something you recognise. If this is not an option, then break out the map and compass and pick a nice long linear feature like a wall, road or stream – one that you know which side of it you are on. Then just set a safe compass bearing toward that feature. You won’t know which bit of it you will hit, but you will end up walking into it if you follow your compass. At that point it is simply a case of following it until you can get to a place with identifiable features on the map! As I said Simples!
‘Lost’ is a state of mind, normally a panic’d state that can lead to poor decision making – so don’t do it!
Of course I’m giving this advice out, which I do use, but I carry the ultimate safety net – a GPS receiver especially designed for hiking. I have only ever used it once to get out of a spot of bother and that was very early on in my hiking career. After my own investigation into the incident I realised that if I had kept my cool I could have easily have used my map and compass!
So nowadays, if I become locationally displaced I’m very rarely bothered by it, because one can always pinpoint oneself on a map, even if it’s a relatively large area of pinpointedness! But even with such a large area it is usually quite easy to work out safe bearings! Or to otherwise orientate oneself with the features on the map!
Despite my skills with a map and compass I do carry the GPS at all times and consider it an essential piece of kit. It primarily allows me to record and analyse my walk and it is also there to bail me out should my brain take leave of its senses. Far better to have it, than having to make a call to a rescue service!
Anyways I digress. On with the details of this walk. As usual I’ll let a selection of photos from my walking journal tell the story!