No, we’re not taking the pi** this week, seriously.

When you’re navigating, and you want to point to a location on the map, be aware that your finger is somewhere in the region of 400m in width when you measure it relative to the map scale (1:25,000). That can lead to a huge discrepancy.

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One easy way of pointing to a location on the map is to use the corner of the compass. This is ideal if you’re in control of the navigation and are carrying the kit.

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On occasions when the numpty with the nav kit has the sense of direction of a five year old who’s just spent five minutes spinning wildly on the spot, you’ll need to point them in the right direction. Using a finger, or worse still a gloved one, won’t help accuracy much. What you need is either a blade of grass or a reed that you can use to point to the location on the map accurately.

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We can’t, however, guarantee that said numpty will listen or get you anywhere near desired location.

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