Summer Check List

Summer Check List
This page contains important information for all hill walkers and mountaineers who venture into the UK Mountains in summer conditions.

Adopt a progressive approach to adventure and develop your skills incrementally by building on past experience. - Alternatively enrol in one of our skills workshops or training courses and fast track for the current season.

Preparation is crucial
Check the weather forecast. Bad weather increases the risk on hazardous terrain. The wind speed and its direction are important particularly on ridges and exposed ground; Temperature, both high and low affects the body’s ability to perform; Precipitation makes river crossing difficult and directly influences how wet we get exacerbating wind chill; Lightning is a serious danger on exposed high ground.
Always evaluate how these details relate to your route?

  • Is your route realistic in the prevailing weather conditions? Can you get back before poor weather sets in? Is the planned river crossing still possible after a day of rainfall? Poor weather might arrive earlier than expected. Is it likely to be dark?
  • Don’t rely totally on someone else’s experience or ability.
  • Have an alternative, easier option in mind in case the weather and conditions are not as good as you expected and be prepared to turn back. It’s also wise to plan an escape route in advance, to allow for emergency evacuation/decent from the hill.
  • Develop the technical skills on less serious terrain first. Navigation, Steep ground Ascent, descent and traverse, scrambling and route selection skills take time to acquire.
  • Are you going onto steep ground? There may be people above you. Consider the consequences of rock being knocked down onto you, or someone falling off above you. Be aware of the consequences of a slip. Consider wearing a helmet.
  • Have you told someone where you are going? - And what to do if you fail to return. Be sure to inform them when you return.

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    Essential equipment to take with you:
    • Boots (Leather or canvas with good ankle support);
    • waterproof jacket with hood;
    • waterproof trousers;
    • gaiters (optional);
    • spare layer (fleece top);
    • warm hat & Buff or balaclava;
    • mitts or gloves (and spare gloves);
    • compass;
    • map;
    • watch;
    • goggles;
    • head torch(with spare batteries);
    • food & drink;
    • emergency survival bag (orange poly bag is sufficient);
    • whistle;
    • small first aid kit;
    • Plus a large barrier jacket for extra warmth if you are stationary for any period of time;
    • Your mobile phone won’t stop an accident, but it might make it easier to get help – so take it;


    Take a look at the emergency procedures advice.

    Consider this
      Is your walking/climbing partner or group as well equipped as you are?
      Do they share the same aspirations for the day ahead?
      Be wary of letting anyone turn back alone from a remote location or in difficult conditions.

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  • Table of Contents

    Page title Most recent update Last edited by
    Raising a Safety Issue June 16, 2014 11:37 AM Alastair P
    Safety Log July 14, 2015 10:02 PM Alastair P
    Safety January 30, 2015 11:34 PM Alastair P
    Beginners to Rock Climbing July 15, 2015 11:02 AM Helen M.
    In Case of Emergency March 26, 2013 7:06 AM Ross
    No Show Policy January 13, 2014 6:36 PM Helen M.
    Walk Etiquette January 13, 2014 6:37 PM Helen M.
    Membership Benefits May 9, 2014 9:09 AM Helen M.
    Summer Check List January 13, 2014 6:38 PM Helen M.
    Traction Devices February 12, 2015 8:21 PM Helen M.
    Emergency Procedure Advice February 22, 2013 2:49 PM Billy S.
    Crampons January 13, 2014 6:39 PM Helen M.

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