Leave your Route

Leave your Route

Leaving a copy of your route card or plan will lessen the search time if you need to be rescued

Leave your Route 

Leave Your Route

Before heading into the hills you need to let someone know where you’re going, what time you’ll be down and phone-in, and what they need to do if you don’t phone by the set time. Leave the route with your EPOC.

In an ideal world, you would leave a nice neat route card with grid references, bearings, estimated times and various locations along the route, together with the estimate of when you’ll be down and phone your point of contact. In reality, the ‘route’ doesn’t have to be a formal route card, but it’s better to have something than nothing.  A format route card is best though.

Example basic route

Old Dungeon Ghyll car park, The Band, Bowfell, Esk Pike, down via Ore Gap and back via Mickleden. Estimated return 6pm – call police if not called you by 8pm. Car reg FE54 AUZ, blue passat.

Having left that short note is better than nothing. You could even do it by text if you leave the route decision until the last minute.  Just make sure that you consider sending a text before you lose mobile signal.

Leave or Email a Map

You could also leave a map with a drawn on route or even email one back home. 

John Helstead, Deputy Team Leader of Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, emails his wife a Viewranger map the day before a walk. See example below.

Leave your route with someone - map of route - mountain safety - emergency procedures
©Crown copyright and database rights Ordnance Survey licence number 100054073 2013

Along with the map, also leave details of start, expected and, and emergency activation time, i.e. when to call police.

Satellite Tracking

Aside from always leaving a note of your intended route with your EPOC, you could also consider using satellite tracking so that your position on the ground is know virtually live, by using a satellite messenger

Read more about satellite tracking.

Follow Alex

On of the site's readers is walking the Pennine Way in May. He's borrowed a Satellite Messenger, so you can follow his progress live throughout the day. Map below, or click here to view his map directly on Social Hiking


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