Things for your Rucksack Lid….

Rucksack lid Contents:

  • Essentials for ease of access as follows.

· Hat & Gloves

  • For cold weather a woolly hat can be a life saver, helping to retain body heat
  • For sunny days a peaked cap will reduce the glare and prevent your head from over exposure to the sun
  • Cooler days, simple lightweight glove or glove liners will suffice
  • Wet or cold days, ensure you have a quality glove on board.( lightweight gloves are not easy to put on when hands are particularly wet & cold)

· Single snack chocolate bar/biscuit

  • When you get the ‘Rumble Tums’ its always good to have a snack immediately accessible – under nourishment can lead to poor decision making.

. Compass

  • An obvious requirement to enable you to stay ‘on track’
  • Learn how to use this well.

· Whistle

  • Hopefully you’ll never need it, however in the event of an incident this needs to be readily accessible.

· Sunglasses (polarising)

  • You need to be aware of protecting your eyesight from harmful UVA/UVB rays
  • Glare can also be a factor that impacts your vision (particularly in the snow).

· Sunscreen

  • Even on a cloudy day the harmful rays of the sun can pass through the clouds.
  • Reduce the UV exposure, particularly with long days out, with sun cream. 

These are the basic items but the important ones , we also have our personal items which we add to .

Martin&Chris

Tips Maps….

Maps – OS or Harvey?

Ordnance Survey maps offers either Explorer or Landranger format.

· OS Explorer – excellent details, 1:25,000, great for detailed walking routes.

· OS Landranger – Great for bigger area coverage but less details at1:50,000.

If you are unsure which Map scale you would be comfortable with, why not follow this link for further details:

Getoutside Ordnancesurvey Maps

These Maps can be either paper maps or laminated. For the little extra cost we would advocate buying the waterproof laminated version.

Harvey maps are all Laminated and cover most areas within the UK.

· Superwalker XT25 – 1:25,000 scale, Waterproof, tough and lightweight

· British Mountain maps 1:40,000 scale, waterproof, tough and light

If you have not used a Harvey map before, why not follow this link:

Why choose a Harvey Map ?

Martin & Chris

May 2022

May 2022

It’s here and April seems to have passed by in a flash, but with the prospects of better weather on the way, we will all be heading off back into the hills, Mountains and National Parks to enjoy the plentiful benefits that they offer.

It’s a well-known adage that you should, Use it or lose it and so what I’m referring to here is the ability to recall or effectively use our navigational skills.

It ‘may’ be the case you have forgotten things, or you just ‘may’ not have ever learned them, either way (and I’ll stop with the dreadful May puns now), I hope the following two links will help you to ‘brush up’ in order to give you a little refresher or build a little more confidence in your Navigational competence.

Here are the two links:

Safe Navigation

Compass skills (written for DoE students)

Happy and safe Navigation through May

Martin & Chris

Navigational Partners in Crime!

We were in dialogue with the owners of probably the best Navigation tools, aids and products for hill walkers, Mountaineers and Mountain Rescue personal, that company is Shaven Raspberry.

This fantastic little business is Owned and Managed by a couple of great guys that truly know their stuff:

Lyle Brotherton – Author of the Ultimate Navigation Manual and instructor to Global Search & Rescue teams and more locally, Advanced Navigation instructor to Mountain Rescue teams throughout the UK

Scott Amos – With over 20 years experience in Scottish Mountain Rescue, he was previously the training office for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, along with responsibilities for teaching Navigation to Mountain Rescue, Coast guard and Search and Rescue teams across the UK.

We thought we would share their observations of Positive outdoor 365, following an update to them on our first year in operation.

We hope this helps you to understand our ‘Why’

A refreshing and new approach to well-being in the great outdoors with the Boys!

A couple of great guys we know, Martin and his brother-in-Law, Chris, are celebrating their first very successful year, having set up the brilliant www.positiveoutdoor365.com – a place where they share their wealth of first hand, practical knowledge on how and where to safely enjoy the great outdoors.

They have shed loads of knowledge and experience, from the military, teaching navigation to completing Project 944 (9 highest Mountains in the UK in 4 days for 4 charities)

From the best kit to wear, what to carry in your rucksack, through to helping you be confident in navigation, these boys will help keep you safe and well to enjoy the great outdoors on every occasion that you venture out of your front door.

Here’s an extract from their Blog detailing the huge amount of experience and competence these guys possess when it comes to being outdoors in the hills and Mountains.

About Us

Collectively we have over 70+ years of Navigational experience which helps when trailing new kit, exploring new routes, or even getting ‘back to basics’ with Navigational tools and techniques.

Our Breadth of experience includes:

  • Over 9 years of Military Navigational expertise, including Airborne forces and Completion of the French Commando course (3 days Escape and Evasion).
  • Over 10 years of Assessment within the Northwest of England as a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor through all elements of the DoE awards scheme. (Bronze, Silver & Gold).
  • Rescue Emergency Care Certified Level 2 – Snowdonia First Aid
  • ML Trained – Plas y brenin
  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks achiever.
  • Sweden canoe long-distance adventure.
  • All round adventures, Climbing, canyoning, potholing, abseiling, kayaking.
  • Scotland – Winter Outdoors survival training.
  • Wales black mountains and Brecon beacons survival training.
  • Instructor – Ultimate Navigation School (based on the syllabus of the Ultimate Navigation Manual)
    • Trained the Ordnance Survey Champions at Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced level navigation.
    • Trained Public and Private clients including Lowland Search and rescue team and Aspiring Mountain Rescue candidates on both a team and 121 basis.
  • Neebosh qualified ‘Competent person’ in all aspects of HSE. Enabling safe risk assessment and activities in workplace/external environments.
  • QualSafe Certified ‘First Aid in the workplace’ – 3 Years
  • ERYRI Gold Level Ambassador – 2021-2022 (Snowdonia)
  • Outdoor space for wellbeing – Private Clients
  • Peak District – Aircraft wreck hunting/guiding
  • 80 to 100KM long-distance walking – Netherlands and Belgium.

We have operated externally in the following locations:

  • England, Scotland & Wales
  • The Netherlands
  • Nepal – Chulu East & Thorong La pass
  • Tatras Mountains – Slovakia
  • The Czech Republic
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Belgium Ardennes
  • Luxemburg.
  • Germany – Black Mountains
  • France – Trier
  • Belize
  • Cyprus
  • Kenya
  • Oman

Preferred areas of outdoors activity:

  • The Peak District
  • The Lake District
  • Snowdonia
  • Scotland
  • Ireland, both North, and South are on the bucket list!

Finding the Dakota C47-A (and associated bits)!

Sunday morning arrived and the weather, whilst chilly, was going to be relatively clear in contrast to our recent excursion to the lake District. Daysacks quickly sorted we headed off to the bus terminus at Old Glossop to start our fun outing!

Once underway, we wandered past the shooting grounds, which were alive to an abundance of people ‘Clay pigeon’ shooting at the venue on the side of the Edge Plantation. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed it quite so busy as today, and as such, the sound of the 12 bores was echoing off the plantation as we ascended up Lightside to pick up our route alongside Yellow Slacks.

Once clear, we spent the best part of the morning de-layering and re-layering as the sun appeared not to know whether it was supposed to be out to play or otherwise. No worries through, we maintained a reasonable pace until we located the stream crossing that would take us onto Shelf Moor and onwards to the classic site of ‘Over Exposed’.

Not too many people were out and about this morning, so we quickly captured a few shots at the site and then found a convenient location for coffee and a snack, away from the wind at Higher Shelf Stones.

The excitement of the day was to locate the crash site of the ‘Dakota’ located just off the nose of James Thorn.

As I had previously plotted the initial two or three Grid references on the map, we fell onto the first few scatterings with ease.

Time for the real fun bit now though, for those of you that know navigational terminology, we were about to get ’Flirty at 30’ as we descended Ashton Clough in order to locate the numerous aged piles of debris that once was a Douglas Dakota, that met its unfortunate demise on 24th July 1945. (Killing all seven passengers on board).

What a fabulous morning’s hunting, whilst we did not locate the two Pratt & Whitney wasp engines, we did find multiple evidence of the unfortunate incident. Never mind, I guess I’ll just have to go again!!

Happy with our morning we made our way back to ‘The Queens Arms’ at Old Glossop for a well-deserved pint.

Martin & Chris

AKA Compass and Clogs

PS. I Have attached the best link I could find for further details of interest, happy hunting all!

C-47A 42-108982, Shelf Moor, Bleaklow – Peak District Air Accident Research (peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk)