WALKING - Safety
When venturing into the hills 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].
In the summer you should have sturdy
boots, 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, 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.
In the winter [including late autumn
and early spring] you will need the above items and
also a headtorch with spare batteries, bulb, extra warm
clothing, overmitts and gaiters. If there is snow and
ice around you will require an ice axe, crampons [knowing
how to use both items], snow glasses or ski goggles
and some form of shelter. A pair of winter boots maybe
If you are planning to do some form of scrambling
it is recommended that you take a suitable rope and
a helmet with you.
If you intend to some camping in the
wild you will require a tent, stove, pans, sleeping
bag, sleeping mat, extra clothing, suitable food and
some form of lighting.
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:
FORECAST FOR WALKERS
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 walk in and seek
advice from the locals [this advice can be sought at
the local outdoor shops in the area].
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. Never
be afraid to turn back the mountains and the hills will
be always be there for another day. If possible have
an escape route if the weather turns bad or someone
gets injured. Also allow time for breaks in your planning
and daylight time.
BE AWARE OF THE SURROUNDINGS:
Always keep your eyes on the weather, companions, looking
at your map to pinpoint features to establish where
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.
Never venture onto snow, ice mountains and hills without
carrying an ice axe and crampons and not knowing how
to use them.
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
RESPECT THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT:
Be conservation minded not just to the physical environment
but to the human environment as well.
- 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.