Appropriate Route

Appropriate Route

At the top of the list for deciding your route is to match the demands of the route with experience, ability, skill and kit

Appropriate Route 

Choose an Appropriate Route

When you have a route in mind, and before you set your heart on it, first spend a few minutes assessing whether route is appropriate for you and anyone walking with you.


How experienced are walkers for the intended route? If they are inexperienced but enthusiastic, they may lack the stamina of those who are more used to hill walking. Such people may need help with kit choice, what food to take etc. Importantly, they may not have much of a clue and not know to ask questions as they have little concept of what to expect.


What level of skill could be required? Could the navigation be difficult if the cloud came down? Are you up to it?

Does the route involve any scrambling? Sometimes competent walkers can become unstuck when confronted with a minor climb, especially if they suffer from vertigo. A mountain ridge route can scare the life out of some people. 


What is your fitness like, and that of the other walkers? You'll be walking at the pace of the slowest, so make sure you know who that could be beforehand. Go through a route with some people and see what they think. Determine whether your ideal route may be outside the ability of the rest of the group. If that's the case, choose another route.


The weather forecast and intended route will be the key drivers for the kit that will be required for the walk. Some people in the group may need advice about what to take as a minimum, and it may well be that some group members just don't have the required level of kit (or know how to use it) for the intended route. An adaptation of the route, or completely new one could be required.

If there is ice and snow present for forecast and some group members don't have the appropriate winter kit, you should choose a different route or go only with those who are equipped.

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The following video is perhaps an example was possibly an inappropriate route for someone, but he did make it up. What the video doesn't show is that to the left is a vertical drop of several hundred feet. 

(Incidentally, Jack's Rake is a grade 1 scramble, not rock climb as the accompanying text states.)