Top Hillwalking and Climbing Safety Tips You Should Follow
Updated: Jul 22
Mountain climbing or hillwalking can be a refreshing experience. It can improve your physical fitness and enhance your mental health. Regular hillwalking can also relieve stress and anxiety.
However, you may face many health and physical challenges when climbing a mountain. It’s extremely important to learn about the risk factors associated with mountain climbing to stay safe while hillwalking.
In this blog, we are going to discuss a few safety tips you should keep in mind the next time you head uphill. So, let’s get started.
Safety Tips for Hillwalking
Here are the safety tips for hill walking and mountain climbing:
1. Pack A Backpack The Right Way
Packing a backpack is the first thing you need to consider when planning a trip. When climbing a mountain, you should carry only the things that are essential. Here are the things you should have in your backpack:
Sunglasses or Hats weather depending
appropriate foot wear
appropriate clothing and spares
waterproof top and bottom
Food and Water
We perspire more during hill walking. This makes staying hydrated all the time a challenge. That’s why it’s important to carry plenty of water (at least a liter or two. You should also carry dry foods such as sandwiches, protein bars, etc.
Map and compass / Smartphone
Map and compass is always the way to go as they don't rely on power, a good back up is smart phones. Smartphones come with a lot of features such as GPS, map, etc. You can also use it to call for help in case of emergency. You can also consider carrying a power bank to keep your phone fully charged always. Leave a route plan with a trusted friend as a back up .
Mountain hikes sometimes involve crossing rivers. Also, you may need to hike in the rain. So, it’s important to carry a waterproof bag. It will help you protect your dry clothes and equipment.
2. Carry a First-Aid Kit and Medications
You should also carry a first-aid kit. Things you should have in the first-aid kit include bandages, painkillers, oral re-hydration salts, etc. your guide will have a first aid kit but bring any personal medication with you.
3. Be Careful and Attentive
Hill walking can be exciting and challenging at the same time. One wrong step and you are a goner. So, it’s important to be careful all the time. if something do-sent feel right, it normaly isn't.
I hope these tips will help you stay safe during your trip. Nevertheless, always book your trip with an experienced mountain guide. They will tell you all the precautions you should take while hiking. Happy mountain climbing!