Route Cards

Route Cards

Having split your route into sections, now write it down on a route card, together with other planning and emergency contact information

Route Cards 

Route Cards

(Jump straight to MountainSafety route card - click here)

There are a number of purposes of having a route card:

  • structure for planning your day in the hills, including the route
  • details of who's in the group and their emergency points of contact
  • record of kit carried, including maps
  • enable you to keep track of progress v schedule during the day
  • alternative & escape routes shown
  • your intentions are known should you fail to return on time

There's no prescriptive format for a route card, but the key information should be written down and made available to your EPOC

Details to Note

At a basic level, you should make a note of the following

  • anticipated start time
  • anticipated end time
  • a brief description of the route (e.g. Bowfell & Esk Pike via The Band and descend via Ore Gap & Mickleden)
  • escape routes 
  • possible alternative routes
  • sunset time
  • names & emergency contact details of those in the group

More Detail

Aside from the basic details, you can flesh out the route card by writing down the key locations of the walk, including:

  • name of key location
  • grid reference
  • distance to next key location
  • bearing to next key location
  • catching features of the leg 
  • any other relevant information, e.g. escarpment should be on right hand side

MountainSafety Route Card

Here's the MountainSafety Route Card - click to download

Some of the fields are there as a reminder of items to consider, as well as details of the route itself. What's certain though is that completion of the card will make you better prepared for the hills, and should you need help, your EPOC will have a good record of who's in the group, kit carried etc, and your intended route.