Mountain rescue and BMC ask people not to go hill walking

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by Daymoth, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    Email from the BMC:

    BMC and mountain rescue teams advise all climbers and hill walkers to stay in their home area and put all climbing and hill walking on hold.

    The BMC advice to all climbers and hill walkers is now simple: climbing and hill walking are not activities requiring essential travel. Stay local, and put your climbing and hillwalking on hold.

    Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO, said: “We never thought we’d be telling our members not to go climbing or hill walking, but that’s our current advice. It’s time to put it on hold.”

    Elfyn Jones, BMC access officer and member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue said: “There's been a lot of talk about justifying why we can still climb or hill-walk safely within our capabilities and that, somehow, we can do this without affecting anyone else or impacting spread of the virus. The simple fact is - we can't. Please stop.”

    “Stay in your home area. We all owe it to everyone else to do everything we can to help stop or at least delay the spread of this disaster. Please put climbing, mountaineering and hill walking on hold until it's safe to do so.”

    Mountain rescue cover across the UK will either be withdrawn totally or drastically reduced this week as health service resources are prioritised and popular mountain areas are closed down.

    British Mountain Guide and anaesthetist Jon Morgan said: “Do everything in your power to minimise both risk and social contact. Be scrupulous about hand hygiene and spread the word. Your own personal actions may save the life of a relative or someone you know. I am writing this as an anaesthetist who will be keeping people alive with ventilators. All the signals are we will be overwhelmed like Italy. Please help out by taking this as seriously as possible.”

    UKClimbing has suspended the use of its online logbooks for recording new climbs. The team there commented:

    “Although the weather is finally fine, and we feel the urge to get out as much as anyone, we at UKClimbing believe that all climbing should now cease, and we will be promoting that message loud and clear.”

    BMC advice for climbers and hill walkers
    • Don't travel unless it’s essential
    • Don’t go climbing or hill walking
    • Stay local.
    • Keep a social distance of 2m
    • Avoid all but essential contact with anyone
    This advice is backed up by a group of 35 leading national outdoor activity, tourism, nature, health and rescue organisations, that have come together to back the Prime Minister’s call for the public to behave responsibly while exercising outside. In a joint statement, the group has offered support to the government and advice to the nation on how to stay active safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Andrew Denton of the OIA said: “A nation in lockdown could lead to enhanced anxiety, depression, social unrest, mental and physical ill health, and social poverty. In contrast, carefully managed local exercise, inside or outside, will provide welcome active release for individuals and families feeling trapped. Getting into the outdoors sensibly very close to our own homes now, will make it easier for all of us to sustain other official guidelines and preserve the health of the vulnerable in the longer term.”
    edh and Sue like this.
  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'm looking at my Sole 95 in a different light :inlove:
    JKM and gixer like this.
  3. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    I’m going camping in the garden in a few weeks after walking round the house 250 times; it’s as close as I’m going to get for a bit!

    but do I carry my rucksack?
    Balagan, Shewie, edh and 1 other person like this.
  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Sure, good for the core
    Henry likes this.
  5. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I was thinking of doing a back garden Everest, but we've only got one step so it might take some time :rolleyes:
    FOX160, Heltrekker, Davy and 2 others like this.
  6. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Put on an oxygen mask and wait at the bottom of the step for 12 hours to make it feel more authentic. :D
  7. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    We'd have to join you and queue around the garden to add authenticity, no longer possible I'm afraid...
    Teepee likes this.
  8. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    The Chinese inner net for the new 2p mid I got finally arrived. Its in quarantine in the shed.
    Craig, FOX160, Balagan and 1 other person like this.
  9. MyHatGandhi

    MyHatGandhi Summit Camper

    If you all self isolate for 7 days you're all welcome to my back garden.

    The rear gate leads to a local peak in the Brecon Beacons. Not very high but 600m isn't too shabby under the current climate!

    The only downside is I work in healthcare and one resident is an ICU nurse so chances of catching COVID-19 is higher than most...
    Craig, gixer, edh and 2 others like this.
  10. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    I hate you people with gardens...:arghh:
    MyHatGandhi and Birchlover like this.
  11. Michael_x

    Michael_x Ultralighter

    Windowsills, herbs.
  12. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Don't. The first grass cut of the year is a heart attack inducing endeavour.:confuseded:
    cathyjc likes this.
  13. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    My “core” went missing sometime in 1993...:(
    FOX160, gixer, edh and 2 others like this.
  14. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Hmm I can feel a training regime coming on involving a big rucksack and a local nature reserve :)
    Mind you last time that happened I did my knee in :(

Share This Page