UFRC Club Members attended the first UFRC GPS Training day in the Mourne Mountains with Tollymore National Outdoor Centre on Saturday 26th September 2015.
A great day of GPS Training was held at Tollymore at the weekend, people from all different levels learnt how to use a GPS which can be a great tool when navigating in the mountains. The day started with learning how to use the unit itself and input waymarks before an afternoon spent out in the hills navigating to the waymarks.
It was a very useful day to show members of clubs the benefits of a GPS and how they can be used to help navigate over the hills. This combined with map reading skills will help those who attended never get lost in the hills again!
Following the training UFRC & Walking In Your Community Coordinator, Claire Overend commented, ” A great days training was held in the sunny Mournes on Saturday . UFRC Members came from clubs across the country keen to learn how they can incorporate these devises into their club and individual walks. Walking through the basic set up and skills needed to use a GPS everyone for all a highlight was the chance to practically practice these new skills in the hills”.
Reflecting on the day Peter McGowan from the Mourne Ramblers said, “A very good course with a good combination of theory and practice! Having time to mess about with the GPS and Viewranger was a great opportunity to learn by mistakes with confidence that someone knowledgeable was nearby”