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Walkers told to get winter gear now

Posted 19 October 2010
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Walkers told to get winter gear now
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Walkers should be looking to kit themselves out for wintry weather now, even though summer is not long finished.

Such advice came from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland's safety advisor Heather Morning, who told Grough there has already been snowfall on the higher Scottish mountains and noted the nights are drawing in.

Advising people to wear winter jackets and take a torch out on the hills with spare batteries, Ms Morning also said the right kind of walking boots are necessary.

"It's also well worth considering putting away those lightweight, bendy summer boots and changing into a more rigid pair," she stated.

Those equipping themselves for the winter may avoid adding to the high tally of people needing the assistance of Mountain Rescue services.

One team - based in Edale in the Peak District - has already recorded a record number of call-outs, passing the previous annual high of 112 on October 3rd.

Posted by Elaine Arthur