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Mountain Camping

Camping may determine your safety in the mountains. A party camped in exposed conditions. One tent after another got damaged in the tremendous gale until only two tents were left standing, producing a situation of considerable danger. If one of the two remaining tents had damaged, the party would have been faced with either a retreat in the dark over difficult ground or a night spent huddled under what fabric of the tents was left.

Safety Precautions in Camping

  • Choose a sheltered site, especially in winter or bad weather, and pitch your tent with door to leeward. Check your site thoroughly, for shelter in mountains is often illusory and a poor shelter will increase buffeting and create turbulence in really bad weather.
  • Do not camp high up in the mountains unless you have a really good mountain tent.
  • Avoid ground where rain or flood water may accumulate: this can happen surprisingly quickly with heavy rain.
  • Bear in mind the risk of fire and be careful with cooking stoves, candles and cigarette ends.
  • However cold or wet you may be, cook yourself a hot, sustaining meal once you have put on dry clothes. Endeavor to dry out your wet clothing as much as possible and then wear it during the journey the next day. keep spare clothing dry as long as possible.


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Published on: 2005-05-16 (1734 reads)

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