To the Map

To the Map

Now that you've gathered some information, you can start to try to use that information to locate yourself on the map

To the Map 

To The Map

Extent of Travel
Having gathered some information you now need to start looking at the map to try to identify some of the features. But before you do that, you should know approximately where to start looking on the map if you’ve noted (or remembered) times of key locations along the route.

From your last known position, how far have you travelled, or at what time were you there? Say you’d walked for 15 minutes since your last noted position; that could equate to 1km (depending on terrain and walking speed).

Finding Features on the Map

It’s easy to dive into the map straight away and scour it for answers, but it’s only with your collected information that your map can assist.

You should by now have gathered some (or a lot of) information from the surrounding landscape that could help you to identify your location on the map.

If visibility is good and there are some distinctive features (stream bends and wall junctions are good ones), you may be able to locate yourself quite quickly. Be careful not to convince yourself of your location when some of the observed features are not represented on the map as you'd expect. Maybe reconfirm those features and re-check your findings.


In practice it’s unlikely that you’ll resort to resection as it takes time and can be difficult unless practiced. It is a skill worth knowing though, just in case.

Plan of Action

Given all of the information gathered, can you now locate yourself on the map? If you think you have done so, identify the direction in which you should be walking - using a compass to confirm.  Before setting off again, identify from the map a Features Tick List so that you can compare what you're expecting to see with what presents itself to you on the landscape.  

Walk a short distance along the route and tick off the land features that you are expecting to see. If all goes to plan, you're back on track, but if the facts of the landscape disagree with what you should be seeing, as identified on the map, you need to stop and take another look at the map, possibly need to start a more structured system of searching for features.


Picture thanks to Peak Rambler