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Mountains body issues top tips for walkers

Posted 11 November 2011
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Mountains body issues top tips for walkers
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCoS) has listed ten top tips for walkers and climbers to deal with the harsh winter weather on the mountains.

With snow likely to be increasingly frequent and the clocks having gone back, the body is telling people heading for the hills to make sure their rucksacks are large and contain equipment like torches, extra warm clothing and a survival bag.

It also suggests people check their crampons are in good order and fit well on boots before they set out, as well as recommending an ice axe - and knowledge of how to use it.

Walkers are also advised to check weather forecasts and be prepared to turn back when things get bad.

MCoS mountain safety advisor Heather Morning said: "Now that the clocks have turned back it is time for anyone who goes out onto the Scottish hills in winter to give serious thought to preparing themselves and their kit for the season ahead."

Last month, Wasdale Mountain Rescue - which covers the area featuring England's two highest mountains - issued a warning of the need to take a torch and the right clothing on the hills as the afternoons get darker.