These are MountainSafe’s key safety messages:
1. Prepare well
Make sure you have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone. You may even need sunscreen and a sun hat on a sunny day!
2. Have the latest weather and ground information
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
The weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you’re going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
Whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work even in summer – challenge yourself, but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
In an emergency, remember …
.. If it is necessary to call a mountain rescue team, you must dial 999 and ask for the Police, and then Mountain Rescue Team
An example of a suitable risk assessment for Cwm Idwal can be obtained by the Cwm Idwal Partnership Officer