Why Navigation is Important to Climbers

Why Navigation is Important to Climbers
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If you spend most of your climbing time on roadside gritstone crags, it can be hard to see why any climber would need to learn to navigate. Even in the dark, it’s easy enough to find Stanage car park.

I am a good navigator, I hold an NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) award and I’m working towards my ML (Mountain Leader training). But I never used to connect navigation to climbing. That was before my ill-fated trip to Raven Crag. 

Ah, which Raven Crag, I hear you say, there are so many! Well, my friends, that was part of the problem.

A damp day in the Lake District gave me the idea to introduce some friends to Corvus – it’ss a multipitch mountain route which you can do in boots in the rain and still have fun. Some other friends fancied a hike up Great Gable, so that worked out perfectly – we all jumped in the minibus and drove down to the far end of Borrowdale. 

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