Keep walking safe

Walking is a great sport and allows hikers to enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the amazing scenery and most importantly, increase their heart rate for a few hours. Unfortunately, mountains can be a dangerous environment and should rarely be tested alone, especially if experienced.

Mountain conditions are notorious for rapid change. The weather can go from clear skies to thick fog in minutes.

So here are some tips to stay safe in the mountains

1. Plan your route, stick to it, tell people

Having a well-planned route is essential for mountain safety. You need to have a very clear idea of ​​where you are going. Inform people who are not at your walk party about your schedule. If you are out for a few days, make sure you are present as much as you can. Never distract people from your plan without a prior plan.

2- Have the right skills

At the very least, everyone should be able to use the map and compass, and ideally, have a first person at your party. In most cases, you do not need to be an expert in everything, but having good skills in map reading and first aid is usually a good start.

3. Pick up the right equipment, know how to use it.

Make sure you have the right equipment. Remember, it is always possible to be out overnight or need to be rescued. There are basic equipment and supplies that you should never leave without:

  • A topographic map of the area with sufficient detail (in the UK, OS Explorer map, scale 1: 25000 is complete)
  • Compass (you must know how to use it!)
  • A torch
  • A whistle
  • Waterproof matches / lighting equipment
  • Knife or several tools
  • Extra food
  • Extra clothes
  • Excess water

4- Have appropriate clothes

It may be very hot in the valley, but when you go on the ridge, the weather can be dramatically different, cold, windy, humid. You should always carry waterproof and windproof layers with you, even if you do not expect to use them. It’s a good idea to carry a few extra layers in your package anyway. Have spare gloves and a hat in your package. There is often someone at a party who has forgotten his people!

5. Eat enough food and drink

Hiking is a difficult endeavor. Make sure you have plenty of food, a good mix of carbohydrates (like rice or pasta) and high-energy foods like nuts or Kendall mint cake. Again, keep in mind that you may be out more than you expect, so consume plenty.

6. Check the weather before leaving

In the UK, Matt Office has a great website, Mountain Area Forecast ( site offers advice on conditions at different altitudes, the possibility of severe weather. If the situation seems too difficult for your level of expertise, do not go. It is not worth the risk

7. Never walk alone

Walking alone in the hills, especially for the very inexperienced, is not great and is not smart. It is true that not everyone enjoys walking, but many people enjoy the sport, it is a very common exercise or popular pastime.

Source by Paul Deen