A Navigation Basic for Beginners – Flat Spots

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By Robert O’Rourke

Most of the hiking we do in Colorado is on clearly distinguished trails. No matter how bad the weather gets, we can follow the trail even in zero visibility.

However, there are some places where the terrain flattens and the trail becomes indistinct. These locations can be potentially dangerous in bad weather when we can’t see our distant goal. A good first lesson in navigation is to pay attention to these flat locations and watch the weather more carefully when the trail is not distinct between you and your destination.

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