Emergency packing for hill walking

Posted by Carey Davies on 30/05/2015

If things do go wrong in the mountains, are you prepared? Chris Townsend looks at the crucial bits of kit you need on hand for emergences.

Even in Britain, where a road is never more than a few miles away and almost everyone has mobile phones, emergencies in the hills can still catch people out. 

If your phone hasn't got signal, how do you attract attention? How do you stay warm and sheltered if you need to wait for help? 

One of the world’s most respected experts on long-distance walking and backpacking, Chris Townsend explains the kit you need to pack but hope you'll never need. 

See also emergency procedures for hill walking.

WATCH: Emergency packing for hill walking

WATCH: Other videos in this series

How to take a grid reference

How to take a compass bearing

How to use GPS devices in the mountains safely

Emergency packing for hill walking

Emergency procedures for hill walking

Know your different jacket types

Know your hill walking footwear

How to pack a rucksack


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