Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Compasses without “orienting” lines in the middle compass housing make taking a bearing difficult or impossible. We have even come across an imitation of a Silva type 4 (without a brand name) that pointed south instead of north!
Compasses from reputable brands (Silva, Sunto, Recta, etc.) should do the job but for learning purposes a decent length of base plate and a range of measuring scales is helpful.
The compass that we would choose is the Silva Expedition 4 (but make sure it’s not the military model). Shopping around (Amazon) you can get one for less than £20 and unless you are like me and shut one in the car door they will last many years!
Sierra Nevada Mountain Guides run a range of mountain skills courses and offer training as part of our guiding service.
Labels: Mountain Skills