5 Common Navigational Mistakes

On behalf Brunton the folk over at Strong Roots Training asked a team of outdoor professionals ‘What are the most common mistakes they have made whilst navigating?’


Their top 5 responses were:

  1. Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing i.e. getting north and south mixed up.
  2. Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
  3. Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.