Safety on the Mountains

Mountain safetyThe mountain peaks will be a lot colder than the valleys so it’s very important that you wear and carry the right equipment with you. The weather can change suddenly as you climb so you need to be prepared for all conditions before you set off. Even if it is nice and sunny at the car, it can still be cold, wet and misty higher up. It is also common for the mountain peaks to be covered in snow for most of the year. Some simple safety advice can make for a more enjoyable walk.

Plan your Route

Plan your route carefully and make sure everyone in the group knows which route you are taking – even plan an alternative route in case of bad weather. Each member of the group should have a map and compass and be able to navigate. It is worth considering taking a GPS system with you, but don’t substitute this for your map and compass because sometimes they can lose signal or the battery could run flat leaving you with no way of navigating.

Make sure someone back at base (eg. the driver) knows which route you are taking and roughly how long this should take – they may need to alert the rescue team if you are not back in good time. Along with taking mobile phones, you could also consider taking radios for communication.

Be sure to check the weather forecast with the Met Office website before setting off.

Use Qualified UK Mountain Leaders

If you are at all inexperienced in mountain climbing/walking then please consider booking a Mountain Leader to assist you. Mountains can be very dangerous places if you’re not exactly sure where you’re going or the weather takes a turn for the worst. Mountain Leaders are professional navigation experts and qualified first aiders. They also have the necessary skills and expertise to deal with any emergency situation should it unfortunately arise. We can help arrange Mountain Leaders for your 3 peaks challenge, or any other type of mountain day – see our bookings page to make an enquiry.

International Distress Signal

Be aware of the international distress signal:

  • 6 long blasts on a whistle
  • 6 shouts or waves of a handkerchief
  • 6 flashes of torch in succession

All followed by a pause of 1 minute then repeated.

Mountain Safety from Snowdonia National Park

Mountain walking in different seasons will offer different challenges and it’s vital to keep safe at all times. Snowdonia National Park have produced separate video guides to keeping safe on the mountains in winter and summer, check it out by following this link to mountain safety.

If you find yourself in difficulty call 999 and ask for police, mountain rescue.

Please consider making a donation to the Mountain Rescue Team if you have used their services.

Find more mountain safety information on the Mountain Rescue England and Wales website.

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