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SAFETY

When going on any walk, there are certain things which you should always carry with you:

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Map

  • Compass

  • Money

Even if you are following a route, you should carry a map and compass... if you go off your route and get lost, you may need the map.

If you are walking in the evening, and there is a risk that it may be dark before you return, carry a torch or light-sticks (available from outdoors shops).

It is also a good idea to carry a mobile phone. However, be aware that in many of the best walking areas, mobile phone signals are poor, or non existent. Therefore, if walking in such an area, carry a survival whistle (eg Fox 40) with you, and know how to use it (see below).

If walking in a remote area, you should also carry some kind of food, preferably something with a high energy : weight ratio, for example Kendal Mint Cake, or similar.

ALWAYS CARRY MORE DRINKING WATER THAN YOU THINK YOU'LL NEED

Whistle Signal

Many people still believe that the international distress signal is . . . - - - . . . IT IS NOT

The correct signal is six quick successive whistle blasts or torch flashes. After making the signal, you should wait 60 seconds, then repeat the signal. Ignore replies, but keep repeating the signal every 60 seconds. If you get to safety unaided, or with the help of people other than official agencies (police/rescue services) you should contact the police to cancel the signal.

NEVER MAKE THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS SIGNAL UNLESS YOU REQUIRE RESCUE

If you do not have a torch or whistle, improvise. A camera flash, or a mirror reflecting the sun will also work.

After making the signal, STAY PUT!



 

 

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