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Be Prepared

  • Do not tackle anything which is beyond your training and experience.
  • Ensure that your equipment is sound.
  • Know the rescue facilities available in the area you are in and the procedure in case of accidents.
  • know First Aid.
  • Avoid going into the mountains alone unless you are very experienced.
  • Leave word of your route and proposed time of return. Always report you return.
  • Make sure your map and compass skills are well practiced. Rely on your compass.

Consider Other People

  • No game shooting.
  • Lead only climbs and walks you are competent to do so.
  • Enjoy the quiet of the countryside; loud voices and radios do disturb.
  • Do not throw stones and dislodge boulders.
  • Do not pollute water.
  • Choose a climb which will not interfere with others or wait your turn.

Be Weather Wise

  • Know the local weather forecast.
  • Weather conditions change rapidly. Do not hesitate to turn back.
  • Know the conditions on the mountains; if there is snow or ice only go out when you have mastered the use of ice axe and rope.

Respect the land

  • Keep to footpaths through farm and forests. If in doubt ask or wait for someone to pass by.
  • Camp on official sites or obtain permission of the owner.
  • Dig a hole to make a latrine and replace the turf.
  • Remember the danger of starting a fire.
  • Take all your litter home.
  • Avoid starting sheep and cattle.

Help Conserve Wild Life

  • Enjoy the plants, flowers and trees but never remove or damage them.
  • Avoid disturbing wild life.


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Published on: 2005-05-10 (4266 reads)

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