Guidelines For Walkers
THREE GOLDEN RULES FOR WALKERS
- Always respect the walk leader and do what he/she says
- Always stay within sight and hailing distance of the leader
- Always cross rivers together as guided by the leader.
- Don’t wear denim (stays wet, increases chill factor)
- Walking boots – good ankle support, rugged sole, waterproof
- General clothing – adequate for time of year. Weather on the mountains can range from hot to freezing all in 1 hour. Layering system is advisable: breathable fabric at skin level, fleece and then waterproof and windproof (jacket and trousers) outer layer
- Hat and waterproof gloves
- Spare socks and fleece
- Whistle, torch and survival bag
- Food and drink (at least 1 litre in Summer) suitable for hike
- Dry clothes and footwear (to be left in car for changing after walk)
- First aid kit.
- Gaiters – ideal for boggy and snow conditions
- Insect repellent in midge season
- Hat and high factor sun cream in sun
- Walking poles – save your knees, ankles, avoid stumbles
- Map and compass and ability to use them
- Bivvy bag or light weight shelter – for emergency overnight on the mountains.
Any member with a medical condition that may require specific emergency care should please inform the leader at the start of a walk. Leaders will treat this information with discretion. People should not walk if unfit or feel unwell on the day.
General Safety Guideline
Hill walking is an activity with an inherent risk of personal injury. Participation in it is of itself an unequivocal acknowledgement of and acceptance of this risk. Each participant must accept direct personal responsibility for his/her involvement and actions and their consequences.