Watch

Watch


To keep track of the time and whether you are on schedule, you need a watch


Watch 

Watch

 
 
At the basic end of the list of essentials is to make sure that someone in the party has an accurate and reliable watch. 


Specific uses for a watch in the hills are:


  • checking progress between points on your route, leading to evaluation and decisions about whether you have time to complete the intended route, or should perhaps cut it short

  • in times of poor visibility you may have pay close attention to the time walked from a known feature on the map to the next intended destination. More on this one in the Navigation section

  • ensure that you are back down in advance of sunset

  • to know whether you are back down in time, so you know how quickly you need to let your emergency point of contact that you're safe

 

Extra Functions

Some modern outdoor watches have in-built altimeters, which are great navigational aids in times of poor visibility and for morale when someone wants to know 'how much further to the top?'  Others have thermometers built in. All good functions, but not essential.