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aidand
2015-09-03 10:08:56
Maps and safety
Most of the technical discussion on maps has gone over my head. Up to 20 years ago the only maps we had for almost all the country were half inch to the mile. Fine for showing where the mountains were, but almost useless for climbing. The 1:50,000 maps were a huge improvement and are still more than adequate for hill walking in Ireland.
When I'm going to a new area I photocopy the area of the map I need, but I also enlarge it by about 50%. A black and white copy is fine. I also make a few copies for my companions. The original map stays safely in the rucksack. Enlarging the map makes it much easier to read the contours, so you have a DIY 1:25,000 map at minimal cost.

I doubt OS maps can be blamed for many accidents on the hills. Call outs to Mountain Rescue are far more likely to arise due to inexperience, wrong clothing, not checking the weather forecast, poor navigation, over estimating the fitness of the group etc.

Reference was made earlier to 'Safe Routes'. In really bad weather there is no such thing as a safe route even on the easier hills.
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