I have to agree with the Keswick MRT spokesman. We all have to take responsibility for our own actions. Make sure you are properly equipped and prepared when you go out on the hills.
Personally I could never imagine setting out without my map of the area I am going to and a compass. Proper clothing, food and drink for the day. Last but not least a head torch and spare batteries if things do go badly and I get benighted. These are the bare minimum and I would never go on the hills without them.
I suppose educating the majority of occasional walkers into thinking about the things that could go wrong and the minimum equipment they need to take with them is the hardest thing to do.
I have often wondered why the owners of the car parks in walking areas do not have information like this on their noticeboards. There always seems to be information about the attractions and wildlife in the area. Why not safety warnings as well?
Posted: 01/09/2009 at 20:04