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Walking festival to boost air ambulance

Posted 19 September 2012
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Walking festival to boost air ambulance
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Thousands of people enjoy the wonder of Snowdonia's mountains, but just occasionally accidents will happen and it will be reassuring for those who go walking there to know the North Wales Air Ambulance Srvice is always on hand if required.

Next month will see this service benefiting from proceeds raied in the Snowdonia Walking Festival, which runs from October 12th to 14th.

A dozen guided walks are on offer and those taking part will pay between £15 and £20, with proceeds going to the ambulance service, while participants have also been encouraged to get sponsorship to raise further cash.

North Wales Air Ambulance service spokesperson Valmai Muttula commented: "Snowdonia is famous the world over for its majestic, rugged beauty and the Snowdonia Walking Festival not only gives you a chance to explore this stunning National Park, but it also provides an opportunity to raise vital funds at the same time."

Nobody plans for an accident to happen in the mountains any more than they would in their local town or at home, but one step walkers can take is to ensure they are well equipped to tackle mountain terrain and weather.

Snowdonia National Park warden Dewi Davies, who is one of the guides for the event, said: "Walkers should wear comfortable walking boots, a warm waterproof and windproof coat or jacket, and gloves and a hat."

Perhaps the most challenging walk for some in the festival will be an ascent of Snowdon via the PYG Track, described as a hard walk of seven miles.

Other routes take in the Devil's Kitchen area around Cwm Idwal, Aber Falls and Abergwynant Woods near Dollgellau.   

Visitors to Snowdonia can reduce the chance of needing help from the air ambulance or Mountain Rescue services not just by wearing the right clothes, but also by having Ordannec Survey maps to help navigate when they do not have a guide leading the way.

Earlier this week, a group got lost on Cadair Idris without a map or the right clothing, but rescuers were able to establish their location with the aid of a grid refrence post on a stile.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801451987-ADNFCR