1/ It’s paramount you pack a map, compass, torch and enough food for the trip. A mobile and GPS can be handy, but don’t rely on them to get you out of trouble as signal’s hit and miss. 2/ You may get lost, so remember to leave a basic
sketch of your route with someone at home. 3/ Water is heavy to carry, but dehydration is a real risk, even on cold days. Take a small bottle and refill it – streams on hills are drinkable, if they run fast over stony beds (Mmm filtered). 4/ Take a whistle and learn the signal for rescue: six good long blasts, stop for one minute, then repeat. Carry on until someone reaches you and don’t stop because you’ve heard a reply – rescuers may be using your blasts to gauge your location. At night you can produce the same signal with torch flashes. 5/ Suffering from disorientation, shivering, pale complexion, loss of circulation in hands or toes, or discarding of vital clothing yet nowhere near a pub? It’s hypothermia
not drunkenness, you fool. Act fast!