Hike navigation

Hike navigation

Using a GPS watch for hiking

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A GPS watch for hiking can offer a range of benefits such as accurate navigation, tracking and safety features. Here’s a few tips on optimal use, things to consider before purchasing, and a few GPS alternatives.

Hiking at night


Hiking at night can be a unique and rewarding experience, but it also requires extra precautions to ensure your safety. If you’re inexperienced or uncomfortable with navigating at night, it’s best to avoid it or hike with someone who has experience.

Pros and cons of trail navigation apps

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Trail navigation app may be a useful tool to help you discover new trails. Weigh the pros and cons and use trail navigation apps as a tool in conjunction with other navigation methods and outdoor skills to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Try rogaining to improve your trail navigation

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Rogaining is also an excellent team sport – ideal for scouts and families that want to explore an area on foot or bike. I got my boys started when they were 8 and 10 and its exciting to see their navigation skills develop and their confidence on the trail increase as a result.

Planning your hiking route on a computer


Planning your own hiking route can be a rewarding experience. It helps you discover new places. Planning your hiking route on your computer provides you with the tools to easily determine and review your route with the few clicks of your mouse.

Hike navigation tips

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Hike navigation requires preparation, observation, and attentiveness to your surroundings. Always prioritise safety and be prepared for unexpected situations. Here’s a handful of tips that have helped me on many hikes.