This page describes first aid equipment and other emergency-related gear.
A small waterproof personal First Aid kit for treating injuries and ailments. Suggested contents:
Seek the advice of a doctor or pharmacist before including the following:
Remember there isn't much point in carrying all this kit if you have no idea what to do with any of it. Go along to the club's first aid lecture as a minimum and consider reading up on first aid. It may seem a bit boring but someday it could turn out to be really important!
Plastic, emergency use only. Keep on neck cord with compass. If help needed give SIX short blasts repeated at one minute intervals - but take note of any whistle blasts or shouts you hear in the hills as they may be an emergency. Answering signal when responding to emergency is THREE short whistle blasts repeated at one minute intervals.
Sealable plastic waterproof bag containing label or card and pencil to print emergency message when sending for help. Message must include:
Brightly coloured, heavy guage polythene bad approximately 175cm × 90cm to be used as weather cocoon against wind and rain. Remember, it is not, by itself, a guaranteed "last resort" survival bag, especially in winter. Aluminium foil blankets and bags are not so effective and are more easily torn. In winter it may be useful to include a sleeping bag for use inside the bivvy bag.
20-25 metres of light line 6-8mm diameter will provide valuable confidence when climbing up or down or crossing an awkward spot.
High factor sun block cream, lip salve for sun and wind burn. Anti-midge cream / spray or citronella aromatherapy oil. Face net as last resort!
This information is provided with the assistance of Ian Roy, first aid lecturer extraordinaire.
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