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Hill walkers 'better equipped than ever'

Posted 12 November 2009
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Hill walkers 'better equipped than ever'
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British hill walkers are now "better equipped and prepared" than they have ever been, according to an expert.

Guardian columnist Ed Douglas noted that those who are serious walkers and know what they are doing when they go on the mountains are actually "safer" than was once the case.

However, he noted, higher numbers of tourists in such areas are causing mountain rescue call-outs to increase.

These are often people unaware of the challenges of weather, navigation or terrain they may face, Mr Douglas noted, relating the anecdote from one rescuer of a party who could not understand why the mountain path they were on was not lit up at night.

Such a situation may be helped by those keen on ascending mountains investing in walking equipment and items such as waterproof jackets, as these may help prevent injuries such as turned ankles or problems such as hypothermia on cold, wet days.

Telling the BBC recently about how the team Ogwen Mountain rescue team has been called out 114 times so far this year, compared with an annual average of 65, official Chris Lloyd noted that cases included inexperienced climbers trying to scale the north face of Tryfan.