Be Prepared when out on the Fell (Mountain)
When visiting Lakeland most people go for at least one walk of the Lakeland Fells. This is a Great thing to do – As long as you are well Prepared, After all you don’t want your walk to end with a call to the local mountain rescue service !!
So – How can you try to avoid this, the answer is simple, Be Prepared
1) Remember that the weather changes Quickly in Lakeland, so take waterproof and warm clothes, even if when you do set off there isn’t a cloud in the sky (Check out my Great Gabel Climbers Traverse tip to demonstrate this) Survival Blanket and extra food and drink is also a good idea.
2) Check the weather forecast before setting off – at least then you have an indication of what the weather might do ;-)
3) I personally still use the old fashioned map and compass, you might choose a GPS, whatever system you choose, make sure that you are proficient with it !!
4) Always let someone know of your plans, then if things do go amiss then the rescue services can be informed and have a good idea of where to look for you. IF you do have to change those plans then Don’t Forget to let someone know about this, often Rescue Services are scouring the Fells looking for someone who is nicely tucked up in a pub drinking beer having come down the wrong side of the mountain – Hardly fair or considerate !!
5) Never relay on mobile phones to get you out of trouble, often there is no signal on the High Fell
The above isn’t designed to put you off, It’s just to make you aware that sometimes things can go wrong and when they do how you can minimise this !!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Take note of the warnings!
When Fell walking ensure that you take care of your own safety and of those around you....if there are notices telling you the path is unsafe...the path is unsafe - make sure you take precautions when out on the Fells, if the path isnt safe - take another route!
Do you know where you're going?
Be careful when walking about the fells in the Lake District, make sure that you have a map and you know exactly where you are going.....it is all too easy to walk a fell but then walk down the wrong side and realise that you are a £50 taxi trip back to where you started! Or worse still get lost on the fells so that you can't find your way back at all!
Go prepared!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Make sure you know where you are going
It is easy to get lost whilst walking in the Lakes and valleys, always take your map, compass, warm clothes, water and a flashlight and some chocolate (if you dont need it when you get lost you can always scoff it in the evening!!!)
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