We hooked up with Andy Mallinson from www.mountainsummits.co.uk
to improve our navigation skills.
Like most people, we can work around a landranger map relatively easily and in years of mountain bike trail riding, have managed to get around ok(except on the Coliford Lake trip:-))
Upon opening an explorer map on Glen Etive on our recent Scottish road trip, we discovered that there are very few marked trails and due to their open access laws, you can pretty much go where you like.
This is all well and good, but all the mountains and burns look the same and it became evident fairly quickly that we needed to go back to basics.
We met Andy at a carpark near Pitlochry in the Cairngorms and were furnished with a map of our route. Along the way we practiced finding out where we were and learned how to use a compass properly.
We stopped off at Queen Victoria's lunch hut on the Cateran trail for some grub. This is essentially a Bothy erected at the site where the Queen stopped for lunch in 1865.
At the end of day 2, we were able to navigate by using contour lines, Maisie was particularly good at this.