Walk Planning

Hill Walk Checklist

Fitness Levels

Please ensure you have an appropriate level of fitness for the event.

As hillwalking can be a strenuous activity it will be expected that all participants possess the required level of fitness to complete an activity.

If in any doubt, please ask beforehand. It would be extremely unfortunate and unfair on the rest of the participants if an event has to be curtailed because one of the group has overstated their fitness.

Clothing and Equipment

  • For all guided day walks it is essential that all participants are in the possession of the following.
  • 25 to 35 litre rucksack with waterproof (plastic) liner
  • 3 Season Waterproof Walking boots (leather or fabric). Boots should be worn in first.
  • Walking socks (always bring a spare pair)
  • Warm hat and gloves (woolen/thermal)
  • Walking Trousers (not denim)
  • Short or long base layer top (wicking shirt)
  • Spare trousers if walking in shorts during summer months
  • 100% Waterproof (over) trousers
  • 100% Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Spare fleece
  • Small personal first aid kit (plasters, bandages etc.)
  • Personal Medication (if applicable)
  • Packed lunch and spare food (snacks )
  • Water Bottle (minimum size 1 litre).
  • Whistle

The below items are not essential but should be considered.

  • Gaiters ( highly recommended )
  • Walking Poles –dependent upon the choice of the walker poles, these do bring various advantages – ascent and descent of steep ground, crossing burns and rough ground.
  • Neck Buff
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent (summer months)
  • Sun glasses / sun hat (summer months)
  • Map and Compass ( for possible navigation practice by the participant and checking location)
    Camera
  • Flask (tea , coffee , soup or hot juice)

Please do not hesitate to contact me beforehand if you have any queries about the required clothing and equipment.

Jeans and trainers are not suitable for walking in Scotland’s hills

Medical Conditions

Please let me know in advance of any disabilities, medical conditions or allergies which may affect your abilities during the walk. Further Information on this can be viewed on the Participation Statement (please see the bottom of the page)
Wrightway Hillwalking have the right to refuse the participation on a walk anyone who we may feel is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Transport Included?

Transport is not included to any of our events. I will normally arrange to meet you at a pre-designated spot. I am though more than happy to rendezvous with anyone beforehand to share transport costs.

Age Limits

Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Route Choice

The choice of routes for all walks will be chosen by the Walk Leader/Guide. There may be occasions due to changes in weather conditions or other adverse circumstances that we may need to alter our route upon starting or indeed not reach our destination. In these circumstances Wrightway Hillwalking cannot be held liable for any changes made to the route resulting in disappointment of walk not being completed or the aim not being achieved.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

Payment

Upon Booking participants must pay a deposit equal to 20% of the total sum. The balance must be paid in full two weeks before the event takes place

Cancellations & Postponements

On occasions due to adverse weather or unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to change walking plans or indeed postpone or cancel. When a cancellation does arise a full refund will be given.
In terms of a postponement as dictated by Wrightway Hillwalking an alternative date will be offered. If this is not acceptable a full refund will be provided.

Insurance

All guides that operate for Wrightway Hillwalking hold the Mountain Leader Qualification (Summer) under the Mountain Leader Training UK (“MLTUK”) which permits them to lead parties in the upland area’s of the British Isles.
In addition all guides are insured accordingly to perform such activities and hold a current certificate in Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors

Before the commencement of your trip and activity, I recommend that all my clients put in place appropriate travel insurance to cover themselves of cancellation, curtailment, injury or illness during the trip. This insurance should be adequate to the nature and activity of the trip.

Participation Statement

Before undertaking an activity each participant will be asked to complete a form detailing personal information such as any known medical conditions, emergency contact details etc.
The form will be sent to you when booking for completion.
This information will be held on a strictly confidential basis

Disclaimer

Participants should be aware that hillwalking does carry an element and possibility of risk.
The following statement is endorsed by Mountaineering Scotland.

“Climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.“

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