Their top 5 responses were:
- Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing i.e. getting north and south mixed up.
- Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
- Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
- Losing concentration and walking too far when you get to your point – falling victim to confirmation bias. (This is the tendency to see things that confirm you are right, but miss things that show you are wrong.)
- Only carrying one compass with you – if one breaks you are stuck.
Want to learn more about how to use a compass? Then stop by the Brunton stand (OU1314) at the Telegraph Outdoor and Adventure Travel show and watch one of their TruArc Compass Demos.