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Use of GPS and Smartphones for hillwalking

Following a recent spate of mountain rescues and a warning from two Scottish Police forces that walkers need to be properly equipped and should not rely entirely on GPS or Smartphone apps for navigation, Walkhighlands has issued some frequently asked questions. The advice is approved by Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Officer with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), the article addresses some common questions and seeks to dispel some of the myths around the use of GPS and smartphones out on the hill.

The full article can be found here. Alongside it is safety and skills information issued by the MCofS. In addition to this guidance the MCofS offers a series of navigation courses, the next ones are on 1 September in Ullapool, 20 October near Selkirk and 21 October near Newton Stewart.

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Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate using a map and compass.