Why carry a head torch?

Reading through news articles in Grough
I noticed more stories of groups becoming stranded in the hills as it goes dark, with no form of lighting.

Inevitably, this leads to some 10-20 members of the local Mountain Rescue Team trying to locate them, then lead them safely off the mountain.

It should be no great surprise that at the end of the day - it goes dark. Once this happens, not only can you not see the path ahead or any hazards, you will not be able to see the other people in your group, read a map, or be seen by rescue teams looking for you..!

Even if you fully intend to be safely off the hills before dusk, a whole host of reasons may delay your progress and it's easy to get caught out.

Head torches can be purchased for only a few pounds, are light and compact, and LED torches will give plenty of hours service on one set of batteries.

In my rucksack I always carry a bivvy bag, first aid kit, head torch and spare batteries - and I've used all of them...
Stay safe out there.
richard evered
10/7/2012 07:01:01 pm

Ok, what's a bivvy bag then?

Also known as a survival bag, this is a large plastic bag (about 6'x2'), big enough for you to get inside. Usually red or orange, and usually have safety information printed on the bag itself, the bivvy bag offers you an instant, high visibility emergency shelter.

The bags cost around £5 from most outdoor equipment shops, and are small and light - not taking up much room in your rucksack.

richard evered
13/7/2012 10:48:16 pm

What about a First Aid Kit?

Think of this as a First Aid and Comfort Kit..! In my kit I carry a selection of plasters, some cotton wool, tea tree oil, small triangle bandage and safety pins, 'spray skin', thermal silver blanket, compeed blister pads, anti-histamine, paracetamol, aspirin, and some anti-inflammatory tablets. I also have a small head torch and spare batteries, whistle, lighter, small multi tool with scissors, and a compass...

Sounds a lot but packs down to the size two packets of cigarettes.

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