Hiking Top Tips
Mountains and treks can be challenging places but without careful planning they can be unforgiving so here's some top tips to keep you safe on your walk.
Wear suitable clothing and footwear
Wear footwear with a treaded sole and ankle support
Clothing should be warm, windproof and waterproof
Take a hat and gloves. Even in summer high summits can still be cold
Carry food and drink
Take food and drink. High energy food such as chocolate and dried fruit are ideal
In cold and wet weather warm drinks are a great addition, but still carry some water. It's easy to become dehydrated.
Take the right equipment
A map and compass are essential
Take a whistle and learn the signal for rescue. It's six good long blasts. Stop for one minute. Then repeat
A torch is a must in winter. Use it for signaling in the same pattern as for whistle blasts
Before you set out
Charge your phone battery. Many accidents occur at the end of the day when you and your phone may be low on energy
Check the weather forecast and local conditions.
Always have a good meal before you start
On your walk
Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to turn back if conditions turn against you
Walk at the pace of the slowest person in your group and always keep each other within sight
If you prefer to go alone let people know your route before you set off and notify them to ensure they know you've returned
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