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Lakes weatherman advises walkers to be well equipped

Posted 7 January 2010
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Lakes weatherman advises walkers to be well equipped
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Those planning to go walking on the Lake District's mountains should be very well equipped to deal with the cold conditions, according to a man recently appointed to bring weather forecasts from 3,000 ft (914.4m) up.

Jason Taylor - one of two people who provide the Lake District Weatherline forecasts by checking out conditions on Helvellyn - was quoted by Grough as advising: "Only those with full winter equipment and a lot of experience should be venturing on them."

People looking to heed this warning may wish to pick up some more equipment at their nearest Go Outdoors store, such as a walking GPS to help navigate in poor visibility.

Describing his appointment to the job, the qualified mountain leader labelled it as "perfect" for him.

He added: "I love everything to do with the great outdoors - walking, climbing, mountain and road biking, running."

The Lake District has four mountains over 3,000 ft, with Helvellyn standing at 3,117 ft (950 m).

Scafell Pike is the highest at 3,210 ft (978 m), with the others being Sca Fall (3,162 ft/964 m) and Skiddaw (3,054 ft/931 m).

Posted by Brandon Egley