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Advice For Safe Winter Walks

This winter, keep yourself protected and visible.

A fresh, clear winter day is frequently a great time to observe it, so resist the urge to hide during the season. There are lots to see outside! If you’re heading to the hills for the winter, there are a few things to remember. Here are some recommendations tailored especially for the cold season:

Layer Up

Your stroll will be more pleasant if you correctly employ the layering technique for clothes. When you’re chilly, add layers; when you’re hot, take them off. If you’re already accustomed to layering, don’t forget to include gloves and a hat in your winter gear.

Dress For A Range Of Climates

One significant error that is often made through winter is not taking into mind the weather at the top of the mountain would be highly different from the bottom. The likelihood of it being colder increases as you ascend. Additionally, it will probably be windier, with the probability of snow increasing as winter approaches. You will regret wearing clothing for a modest start as you begin rising. By dressing appropriately for the conditions, you may avoid unnecessary calls to Mountain Rescue teams and stay alive on the slopes.

Recognise The Boundaries Of Your Gear

Conduct your homework before buying any equipment if you want to undertake significant walking throughout the winter. Everyone has seen or heard about individuals climbing Snowdon in sneakers, Ben Nevis with a simple waterproof suit, etc. You certainly don’t want to take a chance during the winter. While most outdoor equipment is helpful for some activities, not all of it is intended for every purpose. Your local GO Outdoors specialists can advise you on the best equipment for the action you have selected.

Dress Up Vibrant Colours

We all tend to gravitate toward darker hues when choosing apparel since they are more excellent, sleeker, etc. However, if the worst should happen and you require rescue, earthy hues are pretty challenging to spot from a distance. Your life might be saved by wearing a brightly coloured jacket, backpack cover, or other pieces of clothing that will make you stand out. Why not get a survival bag, too? A piece of equipment that scarcely takes up any room in your bag and has several potential life-saving uses? Under £5? You’d be insane not to.

To begin In The Dark And Return Home In The Light

This entails leaving early in the morning to ensure that you get down the hill and out of there before it gets dark. It might be effortless to lose your bearings when you’re worn out and dark out. It’s safer to begin your stroll in the dark than to conclude it by attempting to figure out how to get back because the beginning of most treks is frequently well signposted or well-travelled.

Refresh Your Navigation

Any serious walker has to have good navigational abilities. In light of the growing popularity of handheld GPS devices, it’s crucial always to have a paper backup available in case your battery dies.

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