Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off:
– Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?
– Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
– Do I have the right GEAR?
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Be Adventure Smart in Winter
Short days and challenging weather can make winter adventures both rewarding and demanding, requiring a bit more thought and preparation. Find out how to have a wonderful and safe day out in winter…
3 questions to ask yourself before you set off
If you score 3/3 on these questions, oﬀ you go, have a fantastic day! If not, read on to find the answers you need to be kitted up and in the know to be safe!
Am I confident I have the knowledge & skills for the day?
Adventure allows us to step outside our immediate comfort zone and is a great way to repeatedly rediscover a zest for life. Being AdventureSmart simply means that you are thinking about your own experience and skills. Choosing an adventure that you know that is within your skillset is part of the fun – and if you want to do something that pushes beyond this, there are many ways to find a guide or instructor to help you. Read more…
Do I know what the weather will be like?
As we are all used to in the UK, the weather has the potential to make or spoil your day. This doesn’t have to mean that a spot of drizzle or even a howling gale has to stop us in our tracks. Like a good Scout, being prepared and adapting your plans is the key to being in control of your day. Check the weather forecast – the Met Office is a good place to start. PS Remember that most unusual occurrence of a cloudless sky can also cause problems (take care to avoid heat stroke!). Read more…
Do I have the right gear?
If that has prompted you to ask ‘what is the right gear?’ then you need help! Kit doesn’t need to be expensive but does need to keep you warm and dry and, in the case of boots, needs to ﬁt well; there is nothing like a blister to ruin a good day’s walking! If your adventure involves heading out on the water then a well ﬁtted and well-maintained buoyancy aid is essential. Read more…