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New safety guide to the hills published

Posted 8 October 2010
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New safety guide to the hills published
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The kind of walking gear people should be wearing will be among the issues they will consider before heading out onto the hills, particularly in winter and a new guide may help provide useful information on the top.

Mountain Rescue has just published its latest handbook, entitled Call out Mountain Rescue?

It advises people on how to prepare before they set out and also contains useful tips on issues such as first aid, from methods of treating injuries to how to put a person in the recovery position.

Steps walkers can take to protect themselves include wearing good walking boots to prevent ankle injuries, having winter jackets to protect against the cold and taking Ordnance Survey maps to help navigation.

Proof that anybody can need help from Mountain Rescue came in the Lake District last winter when Alan Hinkes, the only Briton to climb the world's 14 8,000 metre peaks was avalanched.

The Yorkshireman climbed all 39 historic English county tops in just eight days recently to raise funds for Mountain Rescue teams in the Lakes.

Posted by Brandon Egley
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