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Warning signs call not supported

Posted 6 July 2012
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Walkers and climbers can make their own assessments of the risks they potentially face when heading to the mountains, according to a new poll.

A survey on the Westmorland Gazette's home page revealed 75 per cent of respondents hold this view, rejecting the idea that there should be warning signs at the foot of Lake District footpaths.

The issue was raised recently when the paper interviewed family members of two people who fell to their deaths in separate scrambling accidents on Jack's Rake in the Langdale Pikes.

John Cox, whose wife Susan fell from the famous route on Pavey Ark, said signs should "definitely" be placed there to warn people of the dangers it poses.

This view was shared by Jane Gladwyn, whose husband Howard was the other victim.

She said she would back "anything to stop people going through what we are".

While the Westmorland Gazette's readership tends to disagree, those who do venture on the hills can do much to ensure they help their own safety, with waterproofs, an Ordnance Survey map and a compass all helpful.

Incidents involving inappropriate clothing include a stag party who recently tried to climb Snowdon in pyjamas.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801402704-ADNFCR