Walking into trouble?
I’m sure we’ve all been for a long walk and realised that we’ve forgotten something important relating to our comfort or safety before. Personally I’ve forgotten a hat on a gorgeous day and ended up with a beet red face a cartoonist would be proud of. I’ve also been walking on Dartmoor in denim jeans in winter and regretted it the moment I left the car as they grow heavier with each damp step. Usually, however, I have packed adequate clothing, water and maps for a walk if necessary but I saw a story in the news the other day that showed some people should really not be leaving the comfort of their home without a guide.
The news story that got me thinking about this topic was an article about a man who went walking on a Welsh mountain, dropped his GPS and then found out he had to call mountain rescue because he only had a map of Scotland in his backpack! http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-stranded-glyder-fachwith-map-5780573 I’m sure the mountain rescue team appreciated the call out. If I’d been the walker I’d have made a decent donation to the mountain rescue team. I’ve also read about walkers who have attempted to climb Ben Nevis in winter wearing trainers and having to call for help. It’s also possible to be caught out on Dartmoor, I’ve heard of an individual who went camping but forgot a tent!
One thing I often forget is my hikers first aid kit, it is small and didn’t cost much but the plasters and wound cleaning kit comes in handy if I get a blister or fall over. I do have visions of falling over and breaking my arm and realising that all I have to deal with it is a plaster or a bandage though! I’ve been pretty lucky on walks with the worst injury I’ve sustained so far being a twisted ankle, hopefully my luck holds.
What is the biggest/ most amusing mistake you have heard of? Have you ever forgotten something crucial on a walk in Devon and if yes did you learn from it?