After our highly successful maiden *Dads 'n Daughters Weekend*, we're running another! November 3-5,... read more
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Check out the photo below of Luke (3 years old) on his first roar trip in the hills near Rotorua. No stags were roaring yet but we had some great 1-on-1 time together. It awesome to see how well young kids adapt to the bush environment and love camping out. I think often children will look to their parents to see if they can achieve something or not, and if we show confidence in them they develop a natural interest in the outdoors.
If you've done one of our Into the Wild courses, you would've spent some time looking at basic navigation techniques using a map and compass. This can be a confusing topic for some - especially when throwing around words like magnetic declination and map topography. The reality is, it's quite a simple process once you get your head around it - particularly now, with some much simpler teaching methods to adjust for magnetic declination. Anyway, as a reminder for those who've done the course and as a simple reference for others, we thought a blog on the topic could be helpful. You'll need to have some basic knowledge on how to read a topographic map for this to make sense - and in New Zealand, the best maps to use are the new(ish) Topo50 maps put out by Land Information NZ (LINZ).