1:25k Black Mountains

#2
I was recommended by two late junior cadets, whilst on PCCBC, to get myself a 1:25k of the black mountains. Can I just confirm this is the one?

Brecon Beacons National Park - OS Explorer - Active Map - paper maps - Ordnance Survey

And whether or not to get the waterproofed version?
Northern Black Mountains is OL13 not OL12. With OL12 you won't get the whole Black Mountains area.

You do know it rains in Brecon? I think therefore your question answers itself!
 
#3
Northern Black Mountains is OL13 not OL12. With OL12 you won't get the whole Black Mountains area.

You do know it rains in Brecon? I think therefore your question answers itself!
Great; had assumed 12 because it says "black mountains" in description and 13 gives no details on the os site.

Only reason I ask about w/proof is that I wasn't sure we might be expected to write on them in those gopping colored pencils (which would probably not do so well on the proofed map).
 
#4
OP did you get a foam roller too?! On my PCCBC (possibly on the same one as you) EVERYONE from the Instructors to the Ocdts raved about them, its the latest fad!

Other tips imparted to us included taking ribena to make the morning water drinking more palatable and a bin.

People seemed divided on whether printers and laminators are necessary though, what do you reckon?


T.
 
#5
OP did you get a foam roller too?! On my PCCBC (possibly on the same one as you) EVERYONE from the Instructors to the Ocdts raved about them, its the latest fad!

Other tips imparted to us included taking ribena to make the morning water drinking more palatable and a bin.

People seemed divided on whether printers and laminators are necessary though, what do you reckon?


T.
Sounds like we were on the same PCCBC. I already have a foam roller. It's not superlative, but it is nice, and if you get any ITB issues MANDATORY.

Apparently you get a bin in your room according to the staff. If not, tescos. And yeah, ribenaa winner.

Printer is mandatory, laminator you only need maybe 4-5 per group; though everyone needs shit tons of bags.
 
#7
Most rooms have no bins in as an ESS thing to encourage recycling. 1:25k map is good advice, we got one for our Long Reach (I am currently Juniors so did LR a month ago) and it was the only map we really used as it shows so much more detail.
 
#8
Most rooms have no bins in as an ESS thing to encourage recycling. 1:25k map is good advice, we got one for our Long Reach (I am currently Juniors so did LR a month ago) and it was the only map we really used as it shows so much more detail.
Do you mean it was issued or someone bought one and winner winner?
 
#11
OK foam rolling:

"Foam Rolling is a Self Myofascial Release (SMFR) technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle. Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, but at a much cheaper price. The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues."

Taken from here:
What is SMFR (Self-Myofascial Release)? – Jordan Fitness

What I can't find is any real research to show how it works. Phrases such as "autogenic inhibition" "breaks down soft tissue adhesions" are curious, any one know the background to this or is it one of those great word of mouth, my mate said things turned into a marketing opportunity.
 
#13
When I went through Long Reach was strictly issue kit only. The maps issued were 1:50000 and were the only ones to be used. A syndicate ŵas caught with a 1:25000 map none hills (by Capt N**l E*****d GRENS) and spent the next few weeks on Rops. Integrity is, or was taken quite seriously at RMAS
 
#14
You don't need a 1:25,000 map for longreach, in fact it is pretty bad advice, you will get an admin instruction for long reach with a very basic list of what you are allowed to take, and i remember that it specifically bans maps other than the ones issued, not a great start to the course if you are caught cheating on the first test. A foam roller is encouraged by the PTI's as you will have very little/no time to stretch off after phys, and there are loads of guys with ITBS on the course now that could have prevented it by stretching off!
 

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#15
If you really want to get a good map go online to the OS and buy one that is centred on the area you want that way you can have a custom map that covers the exercise areas. Costs a little more but doesnt seem to take any longer than other online map orders.
 
#16
There is absolutely no need to buy any maps pre-Sandhurst. We had our bins taken away from us at the beginning of inters, never to be seen again...
 

Caecilius

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#18
When I went through Long Reach was strictly issue kit only. The maps issued were 1:50000 and were the only ones to be used. A syndicate as caught with a 1:25000 map none hills (by Capt N**l E*****d GRENS) and spent the next few weeks on Rops. Integrity is, or was taken quite seriously at RMAS
Long reach is still issue kit, and it is checked with points deducted for infractions. A 1:25,000 map could be taken though and we were never told that it was against the rules. I'm not sure why you'd really need one though as the LR route is almost entirely in tracks or obvious features.

Incidentally, that Capt is probably the single most unpleasant person I have eve had the misfortune to meet. I'm not surprised he kicked up a fuss over an extra map; on my intake he went out of his way to ruin RSBs for a cadet he took a disliking to.
 

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