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Please take care

In addition to the two fatal accidents reported in the SOTA news there was another fatal fall from Swirral Edge yesterday. Please do take care,the hills will be there another day.
Take care and HNY
Rob and Audrey
G4RQJ

In reply to G4RQJ:
As well as safety, security is also worth a mention - I have not seen a post on this for some time.
It is good to find car parks, especially in the Lakes, with ample room at this time of year. But that means less people about and more thieving opportunity by the unscrupulous; even more so after dark.
We all leave ourselves more vulnerable by posting our activations. By looking on the website, and locating the likely car park (kmz), all you need is a cheapo scanner to establish accurate thieving time - alarms or not.
I wonder how many, like me, are relieved to return to an intact vehicle.

In reply to G4RQJ:

In addition to the two fatal accidents reported in the SOTA news

Where do I find this “SOTA News” please?

In reply to G8TMV:

On this page http://www.sotawatch.org/spots.php it’s the green link in the top
right(ish) corner titled SOTA NEWS JANUARY 2011.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:

Ah, thanks, I knew about that but from the context was assuming that there was something else that gave “breaking news”.

In reply to G8TMV:

“breaking news”.

Isn’t that for news of CB events for CBers? :wink:

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to 2E0MIX:

“Hi, Rob, Audrey, I try to pick my routes very carefully in wintertime
and to walk on ridges and exposed places in icy conditions is to say
the least foolhardy and reckless.”

I cannot possibly agree with this sentence, Derek. It goes against all my experience! I would rather say that walking on ridges and exposed places in icy conditions requires the acquisition of skills and specialised equipment. Given these skills and equipment it is reasonably safe. In fact if you have these skills you can reasonably regard yourself as an all-round mountaineer!

It is best to learn these skills under controlled conditions and I would recommend a course in winter climbing or retaining the services of a qualified guide for a weekend. The older route to these skills is to join a climbing club and learn from the more experienced members, but no doubt this would give “'elf and safety” people an attack of the abdabs!

73

Brian G8ADD (just back from a long weekend enjoying ice in LD!