|Hill Safety and Outdoor Survival
Before embarking on a walk, you should run through a check list such as the one suggested below, giving due consideration to the type of walk you are intending to take, the time of year, and the prevailing weather:
- Be aware of the capabilities of the individual members of your party.
- Have a clearly planned route together with alternatives for emergency situations or severe weather conditions.
- Prepare a route card.
- Inform someone of your route and timetable.
- Have at least one map and compass, and know how to use both.
- Listen to the latest possible weather forecast. Weather links
- Be careful if your route involves fording streams or rivers. Visit our page of links to the Environment Agency flood warning web pages for the Derwent Valley.
- Ensure that each member of your party has clothes suitable for all foreseeable weather conditions.
- Have sufficient food and drink for the route and extra for emergencies.
- Have a first aid kit.
- Know the signs of dehydration and hypothermia.
- Make sure that all members of the party know the numbers of emergency services and the Mountain Rescue (999 - ask for Police and Mountain Rescue). But don't be dependent on your mobile working in remote areas.
Edale Mountain Rescue web site.
- Carry emergency bivouac gear including torch and/or candles, and a means for attracting attention such as a whistle and/or flares.
The BBC Weather site has some useful safety information.
And the Met Office also has a mountain safety page.