Welcome to Navigation 101

Navigation 101 - Compass BearingNavigation 101 is a beginners guide to Map Reading and Compass Skills. Each week, I’ll try post a new guide covering a different topic. These guides focus on Irish hills and the OSI Discovery Series maps.

If there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in future, please email me or leave a comment.


  • Grid References
  • Taking a bearing
  • Magnetic Variation – coming soon
  • Timing – coming soon
  • Pacing – coming soon
  • Getting to know your compass – coming soon
  • Triangulation – coming soon
  • Route Cards – coming soon
  • What to bring on a hike – coming soon

Disclaimer – I’m not a professional mountain guide. The Navigation 101 series is merely intended as a stepping stone. Nothing beats proper training and experience. I strongly recommend the Mountain Skills courses