Safety in the Hills

A front marker and, if required, a back marker will be appointed for each walking group. These are there to make sure the outing is enjoyable for everyone and to follow the appropriate route: they will provide voluntary advice or tuition if sufficiently experienced, but they are not there to ensure your safety.
Club members should normally walk with one of the organized groups and should not walk unduly far ahead or behind the front or back markers. This will allow appropriate action to be taken should the need arise.
Club policy is that there should always be a minimum of 2 people in a group. If an alternative route is to be walked, the front marker should be made aware of the route and the appropriate contact details.
Club Members are encouraged to learn how to use a compass and read maps in case the weather turns misty whilst on the hill. Existing Members with these skills are available for coaching on a one to one basis.
Being prepared for eventualities is always recommended and Club Members and those walking in the hills are encouraged to look at weather forecasts before venturing out. Mountain weather forecasts may be obtained by clicking here.

Our 2023 season talks started with an excellent presentation on “Safety in the Hills” by Mario Di Maio of the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team.   A shortened version of the presentation may be viewed below.

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