Torch, phone, map and compass: things that might save your life while out walking | Letter

Andy Simpson of Mountain Rescue England and Wales on the pieces of kit that mountain rescue volunteers would always recommend walkers to carry

Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is keen to reinforce the message in your print supplement on the joy of walking (12 June) about enjoying the outdoors and putting a best foot forward. However, in the article about equipment (From boots to base layers: the best walking gear, 12 June), you omitted to mention a couple of other pieces of kit that mountain rescue volunteers would always recommend walkers to carry. A torch can be a life-saver, as can a map and compass with the knowledge and skills to use them.

Mobile phones are also invaluable in an emergency – as long as there’s a signal – but they need to have battery power too. MREW recommends carrying a power pack for charging, or reserving one charged phone for emergency use so that, if the worst happens, walkers can use their phone to do what only a phone can do – call 999 for the police and request our help.
Andy Simpson
Mountain Rescue England and Wales


The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
‘I was sliding towards the drop and couldn’t stop’ – the writer who fell from a mountain
It is every climber’s worst nightmare. In this extract from his thrilling book about the glorious – and treacherous – Cuillin Ridge on Skye, Simon Ingram recalls the day its wild peaks almost took his life

Simon Ingram

08, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

Article image
New heights: the minority ethnic hiking clubs opening up rural Britain
From sourcing kit to building confidence, several initiatives are tackling ‘no-go zone’ of British countryside

Constance Kampfner

06, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

Article image
Walking is hard when your thoughts run ahead | Eva Wiseman
A long walk in nature is glorious – I just need to learn how to turn my mind off, says Eva Wiseman

Eva Wiseman

02, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

Article image
The Guardian view on restoring lost rights of way: in search of beauty | Editorial
Editorial: The huge response to a campaign to put forgotten public footpaths back on the map shows how much we value access to the natural environment


03, Nov, 2020 @6:44 PM

Article image
Bike broke mountains: high-speed sports are destroying the Lake District’s fells | Letter
Letters: The national park should ban pursuits such as high-speed descents by mountain bikers and green-lane motoring, says Michael Reardon


24, Aug, 2021 @4:54 PM

Article image
Country diary: the buck stops with me – momentarily
Bishop Auckland, County Durham: There was time enough for me to take in every detail: new antlers clothed in frayed velvet, eyes like polished jet, twitching ears and a rough coat

Phil Gates

07, Apr, 2021 @4:30 AM

Article image
Kate Humble on walking – and how to improve it: ‘The rhythm is really good for your brain’
The TV presenter thinks our newfound love of walking will persist after lockdown. She talks about hiking around Britain’s coast, the joy of newborn lambs and the true meaning of liberation

Emine Saner

24, Feb, 2021 @10:00 AM

Article image
Country diary: boulderers make the most of the rocky terrain
Llanberis, Gwynedd: They felt at the initial holds, arms taking their weight, toes stabbing at edges and pockets that might afford some lift

Jim Perrin

31, Oct, 2020 @5:30 AM

Article image
Agony and virtue of delayed gratification | Letters
Letters: Hill walking is better to do than anticipate, writes Margaret Squires, but Karen Morris wonders if waiting has a value


02, May, 2021 @3:29 PM

Article image
How Guardian-reading over-70s are staying active | Letters
Letters: Sheila Hunt, Patrick Russell, Michael Shipman and Bob Hely respond to Christian Wolmar’s letter on his non-locked-down life


13, Jun, 2021 @4:11 PM