Ramsbottom, Lancashire United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 03, 2011 -- Outdoor clothing and technical apparel specialist retailer Whites is excited to be able to offer customers a premium quality workshop giving advice and top tips in navigation for hiking and outdoor pursuits. And not only will the Whites staff be sharing their expertise - they will be joined by the Mountain Rescue team local to the store in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.
The highly trained Mountain Rescue Team is one of eight regional teams who are actually part of the police and often work closely with the RAF. They are called by dialling the emergency services, yet are a voluntary body and a registered charity in their own right. The Mid-Pennine Search and Rescue Organisation (MPSRO) covers search and rescue in the caves, moors and hills in West Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Pennines, and areas of Greater Manchester. Needless to say they undergo rigorous and extended training and are a vital service to ensure any accidents or lost hikers can be reached as quickly as possible and they regularly save lives.
Whites will be offering two workshops in the month of November 2011 in their outdoor clothing and outdoor equipment store in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. The hands on workshops will be led by outdoor specialists from Whites staff and the expertly trained Mountain Rescue Team. The workshops will focus on reading maps correctly and accurately, using compasses and understanding GPS (Global Positioning System). This is crucial for navigating less well-known or well-trodden walking routes. But also it can be very useful for avoiding getting lost or in danger on more popular routes in more inclement weather conditions where visibility is poor. Workshops participants will leave the workshop being able to understand and correctly use 8 figure grid references, which is highly accurate - within metres of your location.
The independent outdoor clothing store owner Lee White comments "We are very excited to be able to help teach people to read maps properly and then they can enjoy a better experience in the Great Outdoors. We are also very grateful to the Mountain Rescue Team for giving us their time and sharing their expertise."