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Go prepared, winter walkers in Wales urged

Posted 23 December 2009
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Go prepared, winter walkers in Wales urged
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Those looking to go walking in Snowdonia over the winter period have been advised to be prepared and stay safe, which includes having the right men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing.

Such a call has been echoed by 18-year-old climber Ben Halley, who has recently been recovering from a serious accident on Tryfan that nearly killed him.

The experienced mountaineer from Bromsgrove, who had scrambled up the 3,002 ft peak on five previous occasions before suffering a fall in October, backed the MountainSafe campaign run by North Wales Police, noting that even experienced people like himself can get into trouble.

One member of the force, Alan Bird, is also a member of the Ogwen Mountain Rescue team that rescued Mr Halley and he advised those heading up in the snow to be well equipped.

"Before they set out they need to ask themselves; are they properly clothed and equipped?" he noted.

A walking GPS may also be handy for conditions where visibility is poor.

Earlier this month, similar advice was issued by Scotland's sports minister Shona Robison for those heading up to the mountains this winter.

Posted by Elaine Arthur