Handheld GPS navigation

The section discusses using a handheld GPS for bush navigation. *** INSERT 3 IMAGES of GPS:  MAGELLAN AND GARMIN A good quality handheld GPS with maps for bushwalking is a sophisticated device that will cost several hundred dollars. The two main manufacturers are Garmin and Magellan and they make a wide range of models. Handheld …

Mobile phone navigation

The ubiquitous term ‘GPS’ can refer to: The Global Positioning System of orbiting satellites, the basis of a highly accurate digital navigation system. Part of a device (eg a function on a mobile phone) A device (e.g. a handheld or vehicle mounted GPS unit) The section discusses the use of a mobile phone for bush …

Navigation in difficult conditions

Conditions such as night, poor visibility, white out, foul weather, thick scrub, cliffs and steep or uneven slopes make for very challenging bush navigation.  It can be very difficult or impossible to identify terrain features, maintain bearings and to judge distances travelled, especially if fatigue and physical discomfort are also factors.. Nevertheless it is possible …

Navigation Techniques

  There are a number of “tricks of the trade” commonly used by Rogainers and orienteers, that are useful when bushwalking or ski touring too. Handrails  Bushwalkers use handrails most of the time because most bushwalking takes place on tracks.  A track is an example of a handrail. Tracks aside, when off-track walking, navigators are …

Practical navigation

Practical navigation covers the following topics: Handheld GPS navigation Map and compass basics Mobile phone navigation Navigation in difficult conditions Navigation Techniques  

Bushwalking Leadership Training

Bushwalking peak bodies and some clubs run formal training in aspects of bushwalking leadership and the skills required by a bushwalking trip leader, such as bush navigation. Many clubs and the state bushwalking peak bodies encourage their leader members to have a current first aid qualification and support that by subsidising the cost and organising …

Leadership overview

The origin of this on-line Bushwalking Manual is the Bushwalking and Ski Touring Leadership Handbook that was published for the Bushwalking and Mountaincraft Leadership Certificate Course (BMLCC). The BMLCC ran in Victoria for 35 years from the 1960s until 2003.  Eight hundred people graduated from this community-based and run bushwalking leadership course and its offshoot, …

Ski touring

Ski touring and backcountry skiing offer additional dimensions to travelling in the outdoors. Ski touring could be regarded as “bushwalking on skis” while backcountry skiing focuses on skiing up and descending steeper slopes. Departing from prepared ski trails and resorts to make fresh tracks provides new challenges,  experiences and a sense of adventure in wild …

Keeping the group together

A well-managed bushwalking group is unlikely to get lost. The availability and convenience of GPS either on a mobile phone or handheld device is invaluable for resolving uncertainties about location.  Several mobile phones in the group should have offline copies of a map of the area of the trip (e.g. Google maps terrain view or …