The Ten Commandments of Mountain Safety

(Modified and condensed from guidelines of the Mountain Club of South Africa)

1. Never climb alone. Four is the ideal party.

2. Choose your route according to the ability, fitness and experience of the group.

3. Use a guidebook and/or good map/GPS, or go with somebody who genuinely knows the way.

4. Ensure that at least one member of the group has a fully charged cell phone.

5. Always go prepared for bad weather, no matter what the weather on the ground.

6. Tell someone exactly where you are going and stick to this plan.

7. Travel at the pace of the slowest member of the party.

8. Never split up and go in different directions.

9. Do not push on into the unknown. If you get lost, retrace your steps.

10. If you are unsure of what to do, find shelter, especially from the wind,
and stay put.

Water: Take a minimum of two litres (2l) per person for a half day hike (more if it is particularly hot). There is no guarantee of always finding water on the mountain, especially in summer.

Happy & Safe Hiking!

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