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Addingham

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Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« on: 17:54:02, 14/02/18 »
Well this is interesting. I never knew that. ;D


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43063365

motorlaunch

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #1 on: 18:13:17, 14/02/18 »
I'm aware of phone cases with magnetic closures but haven't seen any such clothing. Which manufacturers are using this method.

Mel

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #2 on: 18:20:24, 14/02/18 »
I've had first-hand experience of phone/compass jiggery-pokery.  The compass didn't quite reverse polarity but it's soooooo SLOOOOOW to gently drift its way to North now it's useless (even at my pace!).  I had to do a factory reset on my phone too as everything locked up on it.  I had them both stored in the lid of my rucksack (phone tracking my walk, compass just there if I needed it as someone else was leading).


The only items of clothing I can think of with metal in are belt buckles and underwired bras  :D
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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #3 on: 18:26:13, 14/02/18 »
It's long been known that phones must be kept well away from a compass, and if its case has a magnetic fastening the two are likely to be together......


I hope no manufacturer of purpose-made outdoor garments or other outdoor equipment is daft enough to use magnets.


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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #4 on: 19:08:43, 14/02/18 »
The latest fashion in rock climbing helmets is to have a magnet to do up the chin strap. Rock climbers don't often need compasses but winter mountaineers and Alpinists do. Not a great idea.

Addingham

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #5 on: 00:38:14, 15/02/18 »
Well now that a few people have read that article. I am a bit cynical about the said party getting lost because of the reversal of a compass ;)


For a start why only one compass between them. Plus the correct reading of a map they should have realised something was a miss.


I have my own thoughts about that incident. Could it be they were a bit embarrassed about their navigational skills and not admit it. ;)

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #6 on: 06:54:13, 15/02/18 »
The article refers to low cloud, which we all know can be disorientating, hence the party relying on the compass for a bearing ?


As to why they only had one compass - we don't know that from the article - bur when I'm walking with friends I've never done a compass comparison - just relied on the first one out of someone's bag.


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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #7 on: 10:01:13, 15/02/18 »
Yes  O0 PDSTSP.Visibility can be zero on occasions, even at noon. And yes first compass out of the bag is the trusted one. That in itself is a lesson that I have now learned. The MRT would not deliberately hide facts, they would rather get their kicks doing practices than going out for real shouts.

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Lakeland Lorry

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #8 on: 10:49:30, 15/02/18 »
I had a person on one of my navigation courses who kept getting wrong bearings.   At first I thought that it was because they weren't taking the bearing correctly, but then I noticed that they were wearing a pair of unusual gloves, which had a metal snap button closure.   I can only assume that the closure button was magnetic.   I think they were called Mujjo Touchscreen gloves, or something like that.


April

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #9 on: 12:30:53, 15/02/18 »
If my memory serves me right, the electric heafing fence put in place after the foot and mouth outbreak on Hard Knott also affected compasses.
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Lakeland Lorry

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #10 on: 13:52:57, 15/02/18 »
If my memory serves me right, the electric heafing fence put in place after the foot and mouth outbreak on Hard Knott also affected compasses.


A normal wire fence, like you find up on the fells, will also affect your compass.   

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #11 on: 14:27:14, 15/02/18 »
I once discovered that trying to get over what I thought was a "low enough to get over" electric fence made me see compasses and actually everything else in a completely different way.
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Mel

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #12 on: 18:24:38, 15/02/18 »
For a start why only one compass between them.


Perhaps there was only one walk leader.
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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #13 on: 18:41:04, 15/02/18 »
A normal wire fence, like you find up on the fells, will also affect your compass.

Now that explains a lot.

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Re: Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing.
« Reply #14 on: 18:42:02, 15/02/18 »
I once discovered that trying to get over what I thought was a "low enough to get over" electric fence made me see compasses and actually everything else in a completely different way.

Did you roast ya taters?  :o
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