The importance of thermals
and winter jackets
may be emphasised by the increasingly cold weather and the danger it poses to those who go walking
An example of the perils faced was provided at the weekend when the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called out to help a man found collapsed and suffering from hypothermia at Three Tarns, between Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.
He was found by a group of five walkers at dusk on Saturday (January 28th), a discovery that may have saved the man's life as the rescue team were able to then get a helicopter to airlift the victim to hospital.
Avoiding hypothermia is primarily a matter of having warm, dry clothing, although walkers can also help themselves by sucking on boiled sweets, as the sugar can be very quickly turned into energy to maintain body temperature.
Other recent call-outs involving the Langdale Ambleside team included that of a woman who sustained a lower leg injury on January 16th when she slipped on wet grass.