General info > Hill safety
Being safe in the hills is mostly about preparation - planning your route well, knowing the capabilities of your group and making sure you take the right equipment. A good part of that preparation is about developing good navigation skills, particularly with a map and compass. These skills are essential even if you use a GPS as a navigation aid.
It is also important to know what to do in an emergency - if you get lost, a member of your group has an accident or feels ill, or you come across someone else who needs your help.
We have worked with members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team (of which Walkingworld's David Stewart is a member) to publish a website dedicated to hill safety. Safe in the Hills is a comprehensive guide to the skills, equipment and knowledge you should have before venturing onto the hills and fells.
The site also tells you how to call for help and what to expect when a Mountain Rescue team, or perhaps an RAF helicopter, arrives.
If you find the information useful please don't forget to make a small donation to the team. Mountain Rescue teams will come to your help any day of the year, any time of day and whatever the weather. The teams are entirely staffed by volunteers but just keeping the gear maintained and medical supplies up to date costs an average of £25,000 per team per year.
There is information on how to donate online or by mobile phone text on the Safe in the Hills website.