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Hillwalkers Warned: “Don’t Get Left in the Dark”

With dark nights drawing in, walkers in Highland Perthshire are being reminded not to get caught out in the night without a torch.

Mountaineering Scotland is warning hillwalkers and outdoor enthusiasts to be sure they are well armed with the equipment they need to keep themselves safe this winter.

Mountain Safety Advisor, Heather Morning, said: “Autumn is a cracking time of year to get out and enjoy the hills and mountains of Scotland, in all their dramatic colours and moods.

“But it’s easy to get caught out as the weather cools and the nights draw in.”

Hillwalking can become more dangerous in the winter months so Mountaineering Scotland are encouraging enthusiasts to tell others where they are going and when they expect to be back before leaving as well as shore up on their navigation skills before leaving.

Heather said: “You should make a point of carrying a fully charged headtorch – and a spare if possible.

“A careful look at the mountain weather forecast will help to plan an appropriate route for the weather conditions. Autumn brings colder, wetter and windy conditions, which may mean a lower route is the best option.

“But in any case, as well as your waterproofs, an additional warm layer, hat and gloves will make your adventures a lot more enjoyable and safer.”

Winter conditions can change quickly in winter, and the severity of something going wrong is heightened too. That’s why they recommend the OS Locate app to find your location and remind walkers that if they need mountain rescue they need to phone 999 and ask for the police.

More information on mountain safety this winter can be found on: https://www.mountaineering.scot/news/dont-get-left-in-the-dark

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