Young people training for their Duke of Edinburgh awards have been urged to go out properly prepared for long walks at altitude by one expert.
Anne Oakes-Jones, who runs an outdoor pursuits centre in Shropshire, told the Birmingham Post that groups of children are increasingly putting themselves in danger by wearing inappropriate walking clothing for kids
She pointed out that very hilly areas can still see snow in April and that conditions can change rapidly.
Ms Oakes-Jones said she had felt compelled to issue a warning after seeing several groups come to the Shropshire Hills dressed only in t-shirts, without long waterproof jackets
or proper maps.
"Walkers should always be equipped with suitable warm or waterproof
clothing, water - especially if it's hot - and a good laminated map," she urged, adding that mobile phones should not be relied upon in case of poor signal.
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such as the Packaway II for children from Regatta clothing
could be ideal for Duke of Edinburgh award trips, since they can quickly be put into their own bags when not in use.
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