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Please take into account the following safety measures when out walking, hiking or biking in the hills, as failure to do so could result in tragedy:
- Consider your fitness levels and decide which route you can take without it becoming too much of a challenge. Never underestimate just how demanding hillwalking is.
- Make sure that you are fully equipped with suitable waterproofs and footwear. Remember that conditions will vary depending on where you are (ie. the summit or base of a hill) and that weather conditions can change at an alarming rate.
- It is essential that you must be able to navigate your way using a map and compass.
- Always plan your route. Take into account your total distance, extent of climb and ground conditions (ie. extent of marsh and heather). Allow plenty of time to complete your walk in daylight conditions.
- Make sure you have researched weather conditions as these could play a major role in your walk.
- Take a torch and whistle and carry a food and drink ration, just in case.
- Tell your host where you are going and what time you expect to return.
- If you do get lost, don't panic! If conditions permit, try find an identifiable landmark. If not, seek help and try stay warm and sheltered, but remember to stay in the same place until help arrives.