We understand that things can go wrong when out in remote places, it can and does happen to fit, experienced and well equipped walkers/climbers as well as those who are less prepared. We have provided some guidence that will hopefully ensure you venture onto the hills properly equipped for most eventualities and should anything go wrong you are able to cope and do the right things till help arrives.
Global Positioning Systems(GPS) are fantastic pieces of technology but they can fail, never rely on it entirely always have a map and compass just in case.
Do not rely on mobile phones to get you out of trouble, signal coverage in mountainous areas is unreliable. If you are able to summon help using your phone leave it on so you can be contacted.
Ring 999 and ask for the Police and provide as much information as possible:
Footwear should provide good ankle support and have a firm sole with a secure grip. Hill walking boots are recommended.
Warm, wind and waterproof clothing is essential. This should include gloves, hat, fully waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers and spare clothing. Jeans should be avoided.
Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Carry equipment for use in an emergency such as torch, First Aid Kit, whistle and emergency shelter such as a polythene survival bag.
Take ample food for each member of your group. Always take reserve supplies. Simple high energy foods are best such as chocolate, dried fruit, cheese and biscuits, as are hot drinks in cold wet weather.