El Cap: Picture by Andre Hedger Former Iota Instructor

Preparation and Planning:

Aim: To get students of all ages to understand that Safety in the Mountains or in the climbing environment starts with the correct preparation and planning.


1 : Planning

  1. Identifying the correct sources of information

  2. Understanding Guide Books

  3. UKC Rockfax

  4. The Weather forecast

  5. Maps, Ordnance survey, Google Earth

  6. Complete and give your Day Activity Form  to Mountain Rescue or reliable local person. (See bottom of page)



2. At the base of the climb

  1. Orientate yourself to the map and the guidebook

  2. Locate start and positively identified the route

  3. Allocate equipment and tasks

  4. Communications

  5. Confirm the descent route



Complete the following:

  • Mountain safety questionnaire

  • Guidebook questionnaire

  • Climbing knowledge

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