BEFORE SETTING  OUT

1.      Make sure that the outing is not beyond your training and experience and that you are physically fit enough. Also be sure that you have permission to be in the areas you will be visiting.

2.      Ensure that your equipment is suitable – always include weatherproof clothing.

3.     Carry your Mountain Club membership card and any required permit

EQUIPMENT AND PROVISIONS

1.      The weight of your pack should not exceed at most, one third, preferably not one quarter, of your body weight.

2.      With experience you will draw up your own checklist of equipment. Begin by obtaining one from an experienced hiker or a book on hiking.

3.      Pack clothing in waterproof bags.

HIKING TECHNIQUES

1.      Do not leave the group without arranging with the leader.  If you must leave the path, and cannot tell anyone, lay your backpack in clear view on the path. Place it with the top, i. e. where you open it, pointing to the side where you are leaving the path. This will help any rescuers to be able to concentrate on one side only.

2.      Beware of loose rocks – for own safety and those below.

3.      Take precautions against sunburn.

4.      Leave farm gates as you found them.

TOILET

The rules of personal sanitation are simple. Adhere to them:

1.      Carry a trowel.

2.      Walk a good way away from any shelter, camp, path or water.

3.      Dig a small hole.

4.      Cover the hole completely.

WASHING

1.      Never pollute streams with soap or toothpaste.

2.      Never swim in a stream that supplies a farmer with his drinking water.

3.      Never wash your hair in a stream, or stand in it soaping yourself all over.

 

LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS

1.     Do not remove any plants or relics.

2.    Do not touch rock art, and be circumspect who you tell about art locations.

3.    Be careful with fires. Only make fires in permitted places, keep fires under control, and extinguish properly.

4.    Take all litter with you

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