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Importance of right clothing emphasised by rescue

Posted 12 September 2011
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Importance of right clothing emphasised by rescue
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A mountain rescue incident in the Peak District at the weekend may have provided a timely reminder of the need for those who go walking in the autumn to have waterproofs and warm outdoor jackets to stay dry and maintain body temperature.

The incident - one of three involving the Edale Mountain Rescue Team On Saturday (September 10th) - saw a 66-year-old man saved from near Edale Rocks, 2,000 ft up on Kinder Scout.

"A 66 year old walker had rung for help after he had become hypothermic and exhausted after a day on the hill," the Edale team website noted.

The other two incidents that day had involved a man who had dislocated his shoulder after a slip on a mountainside and a climber who had fallen 20 ft.

Over the next few days, the need for the right outdoor gear may be particularly apparent, with the Met Office warning of high winds as the UK is hit by the tail end of Hurricane Katia.

It is warning that the north and west of the UK will see the most powerful storms.