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Night Navigation - A Perfect Regional Event

The West Midlands regional group organised a night navigation evening at Cannock Chase (a more challenging area to navigate that one might think!) followed by some festive cheer in a local pub which proved an extremely popular event.

The evening had no shortage of participants and volunteers who together with Steve Wright's co-ordinating skills made it a successful event.

Joby Maw Davis lead the way setting some bearing and pacing exercises and this was followed by a multi difficulty orienteering event, ran in pairs, great for peer learning, one of the main aims of these regional events. The weather was kind but cold with shooting stars to add interest. Members where then joined by family and friends to finish the night off with a festive meal and drinks in the park Gate Inn. Thanks to all those who helped out and took part.

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A few weeks earlier, the North Wales contingent ran a mock night navigation assessment which was also well attended, allowing members to gauge their readiness for assessment and giving them an opportunity to fine tune their skills, particularly re-locating after a blind leg which is a requirement on assessment. The hot discussion topic for the evening was head torches and it seemed that many fell in love with the power of the Petzl Nao as long as it had enough charge! Thanks to Tim Harrop and Mo Barclay, who both work on Mountain leader courses and volunteered their time for the evening.

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Regional Co-ordinators are starting to put plans together for opportunities for the new year so stayed tuned to the newsletter, Facebook group and website and don’t forget all members are welcome to attend these evetns no matter where you live or work.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed and supported our ever growing regional events and activities. If you would like to get involved with your regional group and support a regional event contact your local Co-ordinator.

Belinda Fear
MTA Development Officer

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