Safety

Safety

Cruach Tairbert 2010

The Group and Walk Leaders take walking safety very seriously on all walks, even the most straightforward. It is the duty of each member of a walk to take responsibility for their own safety by using appropriate clothing and equipment, carrying suitable safety equipment and following the instructions of the leader.

  1. Equipment
    You should carry plenty of liquids and a flask of hot drink on days when the conditions are likely to be inclement.
    Safety equipment should include a small first aid kit, maps, a compass, whistle and thermal blanket or survival bag. There is further guidance on the clothing and equipment page of this section, accessed from the menu at the top of this page.
  2. Leaders Decisions
    Leaders have the right to turn away people who they feel are inadequately dressed or unfit for the type of walk or the prevailing conditions.
  3. General Walking Advice
    Leaders will set a pace within the capabilities of the entire party.
    Walkers must cooperate and stay within a reasonable distance so that the party does not get split up. This is important, especially with large parties and in poor visibility. Unless agreed by the Leader, walkers should not walk ahead of the leader and the rest of the party.
    Do not attempt walks that are beyond your capabilities.
    You can find details about the grades of the walks in the programme (there is an on-line version in this website). If you are unsure, phone up the leader in advance and discuss the walk terrain and pace. Please do not phone the leader after 10.00pm.
    Behave with consideration for all members of the walking party.
  4. Warning Signals
    The agreed signals, by whistle, used in Mountain Rescue, are as follows:

    Message

    Audible Signal

    Help Required 6 blasts in quick succession repeated after a 1 minute interval
    Message Understood 3 blasts in quick succession repeated after a 1 minute interval
    Return To Base A prolonged succession of blasts
    SOS 3 short, 3 long, 3 short blasts in quick succession repeated after a 1 minute interval
  5. Personal Identification
    For reasons of safety, all members on a walk should carry some means of identification. Ideally, this should have your address, the contact phone number of a relative or friend, details of any medical conditions and medicines that you take and of any allergies that you may have.
    This information should be in a clear waterproof pouch in your pocket or in your rucksack.
    In addition, before a walk leaves from the car park, the leader(s) will ask you to enter your name on the walk sheet as a check on the numbers on the walk.

Everybody’s safety depends on the co-operation of every member.