From the Inbox: Land Navigation / Orienteering

“Anyone can think clearly and  make good decisions from the comfort of their armchair with all the time in the world. Combat requires people to make correct, split-second decisions under massive physical stress and requires them to overcome cumulative fatigue and go on making those correct decisions.
Map reading, across country, at speed, competitively,  requires you to make correct decisions  under physical stress that gets worse as you become fatigued. It’s excellent training.
Thinking clearly and making the correct decision is something that needs to be practised. When things go wrong tactically, or on the mountains, or in the arctic wastes, or in the jungle, it’s often because the person making the decisions can’t think clearly.”
(i.e. there is no “come at me again bro, I wasn’t paying attention”):