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Walkers in Wales to get new safety help

Posted 12 May 2011
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Walkers in Wales to get new safety help
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Those who like to go walking in the Welsh mountains are to get some new help to stay safe in the hills.

A collaboration between the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Leader Training Wales, the Met Office and Plas y Brenin outdoor training centre will see the present mountain weather information service being replaced.

While the telephone service is being wound up for lack of cash, the Met office will be supplying online ground condition reports, offering information such as when the ground is frozen and how to deal with such terrain.

And the weather information supplier will also carry safety instruction videos on its website, while the partnership will offer apps that walkers can download about mountain safety.

Good walking boots, waterproof clothing and Ordnance Survey maps to help with navigation are all items that can help people stay safe on the Welsh peaks.

The highest Welsh Mountains include Snowdon, Carnedd Llewellyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Glyder Fawr, which are all over 1,000 metres above sea level.