CLIMBING - SAFETY
When venturing onto the crags, hills and mountains there
are some points that you should consider for your own
safety and the safety of other members in your party.
Listed below are a few points for you take into consideration
when venturing out.
EQUIPMENT: [Always take the basic
minimum kit with you].
Helmet, rock boots [you should have sturdy boots for
walking back after the climb], ropes, climbing harness,
protection gear, slings, belay plates, chalk bag, warm
and windproof clothing, full set of waterproofs, woollen
hat, gloves or mittens, map [1:50,000 scale as a minimum,
1:25,000 in more complex areas], compass, whistle, watch,
survival bag, first aid kit, food/drink that includes
energy food with plenty of fluids [always advisable
to take extra food/drink in case of emergency's] and
a rucksack for these items to be placed into.
INFORM SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE
If you are going out on your own or with a group it
is good practice to leave a rough outline of your proposed
route and the expected time you will return. Always
inform the person when arrived back to avoid the Mountain
Rescue being called out.
LEARN TO USE A MAP AND COMPASS
Many accidents in the hills are caused by poor navigation.
GET A LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST:
The mountains and the hills make their own weather and
the conditions can change within seconds. Always get
a forecast for the area you intend to climb in and seek
advice from the locals [this advice can be sought at
the local outdoor shops in the area]. WEATHER
FORECAST FOR CLIMBERS
KNOW THE BASIC OF FIRST AID:
If something goes wrong or come across someone whom
requires help whether you are close to home or a distance
away it is good practice to know the basic knowledge
of first aid.
KNOW YOUR OWN ABILITIES AND EXPERTISE
AND YOUR PARTY:
Always plan your routes according the abilities of your
party and yourself and the expected conditions. Also
allow time for breaks in your planning and daylight
BE AWARE OF THE SURROUNDINGS:
Always keep your eyes on the weather, companions, looking
at your route map/book to pinpoint features to establish
where you are on the crags and also when walking back
after the climb.
TAKE EXTRA CARE DURING DESCENT:
The vast majority of accidents happen during descent
has you to tend to relax and come oblivious to the surroundings
you are in.
HAVE SOME IDEA OF EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:
[You should know how to call out a mountain rescue team].
Mobile Phone: In the UK dial 999 and ask for the police
giving details of where you are, nature of the problem,
names and they will then contact the mountain rescue
team. The Whistle is used for the International Mountain
Distress Signal which is six  good blasts on the
whistle followed by minute silence then repeated. The
answering call is three good blasts followed by a minute
silence. Also both signals can also be made using other
methods such as flashing a torch, shouting help, waving
a bright object.
RESPECT THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT:
Be conservation minded not just to the physical environment
but to the human environment as well.
Links To Mountain Rescue
- Climbing, Fell Walking,
Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports
and other Activities can be extremely dangerous
and can result in permanent disability or even
loss of life. Participants in these activities
should be aware of and accept these risks and
be responsible for their own involvement and
Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible.
Always seek advice and information.