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Safety and Participation Guidelines

Participation Statement

Participation in outdoor activities such as hill walking, climbing and cycling (on or off road) is inherently risky. You should only get involved if you are personally prepared to accept these risks and recognise that you may be exposed to potentially life-threatening situations. You are responsible for your own actions and involvement, and must be aware that your actions may affect the health and safety of others, both members and non-members, and act accordingly.

Hiking

The following kit is recommended:

waterproof jacket and trousers
boots giving ankle support and good grip - leather is preferable in wet conditions
warm clothing, gloves and hat
food including extra food in case of emergency
drink including plenty of water in summer
spare clothing
first aid kit
survival bag
a rucksack to put it all in!

Jeans are dangerous! They stay wet, leaving you feeling cold. In general, cotton clothing retains moisture and is best avoided, but there are plenty of alternatives available - a good outdoor clothing specialist can provide advice.

Cycling

Please remember that your bike should be functioning and roadworthy (tyres and brakes in good order).

We recommend that you take for your bike:

a pump, a puncture repair kit and spare inner tube
for evening or winter bike rides – LIGHTS!

We recommend that you take for you:

a helmet - strongly recommended
the usual protective high-visibility clothing
some fluids and snacks appropriate to the ride.

Climbing

Members on Club climbing events should ensure that they have the appropriate equipment for the event they are attending.

If the climb is at an indoor climbing wall, hiring kit is usually an option. For outdoor climbing you will need your own rock shoes, harness (in good working order) and helmet.

Specialist Events

When instruction is given on specialist events, members must comply with safety recommendations given by the instructor/organisation. Appropriate safety equipment will either be specified or provided by the instructor/organisation.

Health

Event leaders need to be made aware of any medical condition which may compromise the safety of an individual or of the group.

Travel to Club Events

Members should note that arrangements for, and costs associated with, travel to and from any Club event is the responsibility of individual members and not the Club or event organiser.

Getting Along

Fundamentally, we are a group of friends who enjoy doing adventurous things in the outdoors. Of course this may generate tensions at times, but we expect club members to be courteous to other members on events, and when communicating via phone or in writing.