Rise in rescues on the Reeks.
More and more people are taking to the hills and are ignoring the fundamental basic requirements that is necessary for a safe journey on Ireland's highest mountains. Proper gear, navigational skills for leaders and bad route finding decisions.
Over the coming months we at the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering will be giving free advice on our monthly newsletters on proper procedures on how to look after yourself and your team mates on the mountains.
Every year we see unnecessary accidents on mountains and we hope these educational pieces starting next month will help you to make your trekking, climbing and walking on the hills here at home in Ireland and abroad safer.
A very famous mountaineer coined a quote:
"Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end".
Edward Whymper, first ascensionist of the Matterhorn, 1865.
Be prepared, plan your journeys and be logical on your chooses.
Kerry Mountain Rescue reported 4 rescues for July. While we at the Pat Falvey school of mountaineering and kerry guides have had three contacts from different groups on the mountains for assistants on route finding after walkers and climbers have been misplaces on the mountain and required assistants with navigational help to get off the Reeks.
Lots of people are not taking the dangers of the Reeks into consideration and are going ill prepared for what is potentially a dangerous activity on very tricky steep mountains.
Mountaineering is a dangerous sport/ pastime. People must ultimately take responsibility for their own safety and due diligence is required from walkers, trekkers, leaders and guides.
No experience is no excuse to put yourself in danger.
People who have no experience should ensure that leaders they are going with have adequate experience before climbing into dangerous situations.
Also they should take responsibility for proper clothing, to have adequate boots and to ensure they have enough food and water for a hard days climb or walk on the hills..
Most accidents are caused due to lack of proper planning and the mistakes are simple.
If people are not experiences they should go with a leader/ guide when they are outside their comfort Zone. They should not go in groups unless the ratio of guide to inexperience people on the team should only be 1:6 and over 6 two leaders are required in the event of an accident.
Here at the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering we provide Leaders- guides- and courses in Kerry and throughout the world to make efficient those requiring our services. Contact ?????????
Next month we discuss the importance of navigation........