Hill walking downloads

Various navigation and avalanche risk aids

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This document is 8 sheets of A4 that you can print off. The first 7 sheets are designed to be printed onto paper and then laminated in credit card sized wallets and then referred to on the hill side. They are different designs showing information on timings, magnetic variation and angle of slope. Generally we print them off with different complementary designs on different sides. One of these designs is for printing out double sided and trimming down very small for affixing to your compass string.

 

The eighth page we print onto acetate and then laminate in a credit card sized pouch to enable us to make our own avalanche risk roses. We use these when in areas not covered by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) or when we don't have internet access for a number of days. We then compare our results and argue for hours about who is right.

 

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'Mates' route card - aka walking objective and group description and contact card

group-description-and-route-details-cardEach year we go to Scotland for a week in the winter with a load of mates. Over the last decade or so the numbers have grown so that there are usually over 20 of us these days. This is great as it means we get to hire mansions for cheaper than a youth hostel :-).

 

Anyway, on our 2014 trip we decided that we should really be leaving more formal route cards back at the mansion rather than just scraps of paper. We wanted a route card that was practical but not so complex we would end up not filling it in. We've knocked this one up and will try it out this winter. If you have any comments, or suggestions or would like a copy of the original Excel file to play with yourself then please get in touch. Also if you have a better name for it then that would be great.

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Editable version of the 'Mates route card'

This is exactly the same as the file above but using acrobat reader you can write in the different boxes and therefore email it to someone if your home contact is not with you

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Winter weather and avalanche forecast tracker

When travelling to the hills for winter walking adventures it is useful to have a recent weather record. Snow pack analysis should begin before you leave your home town. This download is an A4 sheet with space to create a 7 day weather and avalanche report log.

This is useful to fill in for a few days before you leave home but also to take away if you are going on expeditions away from up to date weather and avalanche forecasts. Sources of information are:

Mountain Weather Information Service
The Met office mountain area forecasts
XC Weather


Sport Scotland Avalanche Forecasts
Sport Scotland Avalanche Observer Blogs

 If you have used this sheet and have any feedback then please do get in touch.

 

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Weather forecasting and cloud identification flow charts

I was given these as a bad photocopy on my mountain leader training. It was suggested that it would be a good (fun) thing to do with youngsters when out on the hills. I don't know if 'the youth' find it fun but I think it is great. I don't know who (if anyone) owns the copyright (ask me to remove it and I will) but it needs reproducing, it really is that good.

I think the weather forecasting flowchart really works (in the UK). Even if it doesn't it's a good few minutes of light relief that gets referred back to time and time again if you are out for a few days. I challenge you... Do the flow chart decide on where your are in the weather system then look at the synoptic chart (aka surface pressure chart) when you get home. Never fails... well not often.

 

 

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Route card - Editable in Excel

Route card in editable Excel format. Key in the start time and the distance, height gained and rest times on each leg and it will calculate and fill in the estimated time taken and the totals.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements to this route card.

This excel file has protected cells that the user cannot edit without keying in a password to prevent accidental deletion of  formulas. If you would like to know the password so you can edit it further then please ask.

 

Credit is due to Thomas Gaffney who has made it easier to add more rows and made the formula for the time allowed for height gained much more elegant. And Andrew Preston who has made it look much nicer buy hiding all the zero's of unused rows.

Version 3.3 - June 2013

 

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A PDF of a blank route card.

We also have an editable route card in excel format (above). The editable version will workout times based on distance travelled, speed and height climbed and can be found at the end of this link 

This is version 3.0 of the route card updated in April 2012

 

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