Although most of the Group’s walking is in relatively benign areas, the age profile of the membership increases the chances of an unforeseen predicament. Members should do their best to avoid misadventures, but also be prepared to act appropriately in the case of an emergency.

Members should carry an up-to-date In Case of Emergency Form put it in a good quality waterproof envelope, and carry it in an obvious place on your pack on all walks, so that it can be accessed easily.

Even if you don’t have a known medical condition, it is important that you complete and carry this form in the event that you suffer concussion or lose consciousness.

Be aware that everyone, even you, has the potential to become a liability that affects the wellbeing of the whole group.

If you become separated from the group (i.e. lost) use your whistle to attract attention. Three strong blasts over 30 seconds, wait one minute, then repeat, is an accepted protocol.

The Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) should be activated in emergency situations which are potentially fatal, where there are no other means of contact, and the group cannot self-rescue.

Mobile phones can operate in some walking areas, but should not be relied on as a means of emergency communication.