Feature Tick Lists

Feature Tick Lists


Identifying and ticking of map and land features as you walk will help you know where you've been and identify where you are


Feature Tick Lists 

Feature Tick Lists



Now that you have identified a list of features on the map that you should be able to identify on the ground as you travel, you need to do just that. As you walk, tick them off in your head or actually on the map or on an actual list you've written out. If you look hard enough it's amazing what you can identify.

Having identified the features on map and ground, you'll either need to make a mental note, or better still a note on paper or your map. Maybe you keep a mental note of intermediate features but write down arrival times at various key features, such as summits and directional junctions or deviations. The following two examples note the times at key features.


Sticky Back Plastic

One method of doing this is add a cover of clear sticky-back plastic to the outside of your map case, and take with you an indelible felt-tip. As you walk, tick off, or write down the time that you arrived and/or departed the feature. It’s impractical to do this with everything that you expect to find, but good practice at reasonable intervals. Doing this ensures that you identified that you’d actually reached a certain point on the map, and the time.

  

Pad & Pencil

Alternatively, write down a few key times at specific locations on a notepad.
 
                                            

In this example you can clearly see the times at certain locations, and such information is invaluable in the situation that you become temporarily mis-located, as you will know how far you’ve been since your last ‘check-point’. More about this in the relocation section.