Emergency procedures for hill walking

Posted by Carey Davies on 20/08/2015

If things go wrong in the mountains, what do you do? Chris Townsend explains the procedures you need to know but hope never to use.

The vast majority of visits to the mountains are safe, successful and fun.

But on rare occasions things do go wrong. Thankfully, over the years a number of techniques and procedures have been developed for attracting help, and knowing them can literally prove life-saving. 

One of the world’s most respected experts on long-distance walking and backpacking, Chris Townsend takes us through what they are. 

See also emergency packing for hill walking.

WATCH: Emergency procedures 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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you need to make a list of things that could go wrong, so people know that they need to know what to do to prevent them.

so they know they have to take everything seriously and its not just a day out

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