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Christmas safety reminder issued

Posted 24 December 2009
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Christmas safety reminder issued
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Those heading into the great outdoors over the Christmas holiday should take precautions, it has been advised.

In its Christmas message, online outdoor news provider Grough said: "It's great fun getting out on to our winter mountains and into the countryside, but it's important to take the right precautions and go prepared and well equipped."

Those heading for the hills in the snowy weather may wish to ensure they have equipments such as men's winter jackets or women's winter jackets to stay warm in the cold.

A walking GPS may also be useful in the event of whiteout conditions, where navigation may be difficult, while rucksacks containing items such as a flask of tea or soup plus boiled sweets to maintain body heat could also help.

This week saw a mountaineer who recently survived a fall on Tryfan backing a campaign by North Wales Police to stay safe on the hills this winter.

Ben Halley from Bromsgrove, who spent weeks in hospital after an accident on the mountain's north ridge in October, backed the MountainSafe initiative, which urges people to be take all the necessary measures to stay safe when winter walking.

Posted by Elaine Arthur