Call out Mountain Rescue book revised and republished

Call out mountain rescue? bookCall out mountain rescue? A pocket guide to safety on the hill
The second edition of this best selling safety handbook has now been published. Now with twenty extra info-packed pages to include a first aid section along with a countryside section and more information on preparation and planning.

New first aid section contains valuable first aid advice for the non-medically trained – how to recognise the nature of any injuries and keep the casualty comfortable as you await rescue with easy-to-follow, simply illustrated instructions on giving CPR and placing the casualty in the Recovery Position, plus a wealth of information about the type of injuries rescue teams encounter.

Revised countryside section and an updated foreword from HRH Prince William of Wales.

Preparation and route planning, how best to stay safe in the mountains and what to do if you have an accident.

This sturdy A6 guide comes with a half-Canadian style cover which means it now has a handy spine whilst still retaining its characteristic wirobinding. It might be a bit too chunky for carrying around in the rucksack, but it’s worth keeping as a handy reference alongside your maps and guidebooks. Its 170 full colour pages are packed with information – making it a must for the outdoor enthusiast.

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

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Mountain guide maps and GPS route guides (waypoints)

mountain guide maps and gps route guidesOrdnance Survey maps provide the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data so it is worth kitting yourself out with these before your climb. The OS maps required for the national three peaks challenge are:

You can buy the Ordnance Survey maps from Amazon here:
Ben Nevis | Scafell Pike | Snowdon

You can also buy these maps direct from the Ordnance Survey website. Aswell as OS maps, they also provide digital maps (including maps for iOS devices), GPS devices, guide books, compasses, clothing and accessories.

If you’re looking for a 3 peaks map bundle for your team it is also worth checking out Beacon Maps as they provide some very clear maps together with tips and useful information.

Spend some time learning how to navigate properly using a compass – it is common to experience misty, damp and snowy conditions near the summits with poor visibility and in these conditions you will need to take compass bearings to find your route safely. If you plan on taking a GPS device, take spare batteries with you but don’t rely on this as your sole navigational device in case you lose a signal or the battery power – always take your map and compass as a backup.

We have some sample routes that you can see using Google Earth / Google Maps and also MapMyWalk – see our Routes & GPS pages for Ben Nevis | Scafell Pike | Snowdon

If you are at all unsure about navigating proficiently please consider hiring a Mountain Leader

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Choose a high visibility jacket

high visibility jacketIf you’re considering a new waterproof jacket for mountain walking or the three peaks challenge, consider choosing a high visibility colour. A bright red or yellow jacket for example will stand out and be easier to see if the mist and fog falls while you’re out on your walk.

If your team are walking a few yards apart in single file, it is possible that the person at the back won’t be able to see the person at the front in bad weather. Wearing bright colours makes it easier to spot people and keep the team together. If you find yourself in difficulty on the mountain it will also help the rescue team to find you.

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Car or minibus for the three peaks challenge?

Minibus - National 3 Peaks ChallengeThis is a very important decision when planning your three peaks challenge and could be the difference between succeeding or failing. You will need plenty of room to stretch out and get some much needed sleep in between mountains. Easy access to your clothes and food is also another major factor. Take a look at the travelling page for some help in making your decision.

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