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A guide to mountain safety in Snowdonia

By Rhys Jones

The Snowdonia region may be just about the most picturesque places in the uk. The area has a number of the highest mountain ranges in Wales and England and it is the place to find the Snowdonia National Park.To be the largest national park in Wales, the Snowdonia region comes with an extremely strong tourism industry. Each and every year countless tourists go to the area to hike and enjoy nature.

Nature can be extremely unpredictable so hikers need prepare to make certain they’re ready for anything. Listed here are important guidelines to go by before venturing out on your next trek.

Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back: This is the very first thing every good hiker must do no matter where they’re going no matter what size the group. If you are lost and hurt outside, time becomes key factor. If people don’t know you’re missing chances are they won’t begin looking for you. Also if they’ve known where you are hiking they can define the search to a specific area.

Never stray off the path: Though it could be exciting to explore off the path that concept can result in a great deal of problems pretty quickly. Not only do your foot prints damage sensitive areas, however when you’re off the path it could be easier than you think to get turned around and not know where to go next. The terrain could also become unpredictable and cause increased risk if you decide to would like your hike to generally be problem free, stick to the designated paths.

Wear proper comfortable hiking shoes: Having comfortable shoes means that at the end of the day your feet won’t be sore or have blisters and you will enjoy your trip much more. Having solid shoes or hiking boots will even help limit the chances of injuring your ankle and foot. Under no circumstance are flip-flops best for hiking even if you are on a well-used trail. These should only be used at the end of your day when you find yourself relaxing at home or in front of a campfire with a bottle of beer.

Plenty of water for the entire trip: Regardless of what you are doing, your entire body is always losing moisture; this takes place even in cooler weather so regardless of what the physical conditions are always have a bottle water. The consequences of dehydration can be very subtle but could severely impair your judgement and judgements abilities. Dehydration begins with a dry mouth and will result in fatigue, dizziness and nausea so stay hydrated. Don’t hike with alcohol; this could be a little a disappointment; however alcohol will dehydrate you faster as well as impair your judgement.

Bring a snack: You don’t need to pack a complete course meal; however if you are out hiking for the whole day it is best to pack a sandwich and other foods. We always recommend eating natural-sugary foods like fruits. Apples and oranges are perfect. They will help keep you hydrated and provide you a boost of long-lasting energy. Trail mix, (Our favourite bag is really a combination of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, raisons and choc chips) can be another great snack since it will provide you much needed protein and sugar.

Wear different layers of clothing: The weather in the Snowdonia area can be very unpredictable, however, it is recommended to plan rain. The area is one of wettest in the UK which means that your last layer should be something which is breathable and waterproof. Gortex is often a fantastic waterproof layer. You should plan for no less than 3 to 4 layers, that include: an inner layer, middle layer, outer layer and a waterproof covering. Avoid cotton as it holds in moisture and will sap your body heat away from you. If you’d prefer natural products, a great outer layer is wool; it can be lightweight or heavy and it doesn’t absorb moisture.

Stretch before you start: At the end of the day the goal is to enjoy yourself and not be sore everywhere. Hiking can be quite demanding so you need to make certain that your muscles are warmed up. Stretching your legs, back and arms will also to prevent any injuries like cramps when out on the trail.

Hiking is a really fun activity if you want to be safe, you have to make smart decisions and stay prepared. Unfortunately accidents do happen but it is good to know that if something does happen you can rely on groups including the South Snowdonia Mountain Rescue Team. Rescue teams such as the SSMRT are comprised of hardworking and dedicated people who take their responsibilities seriously. If anything does go wrong you know that they will will do their utmost to ensure everyone is safe.

Before you begin on your hike take a minute to think about beingsafe in the mountains, and remember mountain rescue teams are there for you in an emergency.

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