It will only be a few months before the days are longer, the weather is warmer and we can all start thinking about our next camping trip.
There is something about sitting by a fire at night, under the stars, cooking on your camping stove and being at one with nature. However, according to recent research by Swedish stove manufacturer Primus, we are all guilty of making one of more of the following mistakes.
1. Not allowing a stove to cool after use, or forgetting it’s hot before picking it up.
2. Using the wrong fuel or not checking the gas bottle fits before use.
3. Setting up to cook on an uneven surface.
4. Putting a pan on to boil whilst setting up camp and forgetting about it, allowing it to boil dry and damaging the pots
5. Refilling a meth’s stove prior to it being extinguished. Fire! (Obviously not a problem with primes stoves that use LP-gas or pressurised liquid petroleum.
In an effort to increase awareness and safety Primus will be running demos that will take place at the Telegraph Outdoor and Adventure Travel Show this week, so be sure to drop by their stand (OU 1136).
Brunton will also be running a series of demos focusing on the most common mistakes made when navigating. Brunton's TruArc Compass Demos will take place at stand OU1314.
Strong Roots Training asked a team of outdoor professionals what are the most common mistakes they have made whilst navigating.
1. Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing i.e. getting north and south mixed up.
2. Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
3. Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
4. Losing concentration and walking too far when you get to your point - falling victim to confirmation bias. (The tendency to see things that confirm you are right, but miss things that show you are wrong.)
5. Only carrying one compass with you - if one breaks you are stuck.