Our climate is getting more extreme and you have to look no further than the UK last year: the wettest drought on record aswell as various other climate extremes across the globe. So, when we received an email about an info-graphic that has recently been produced to highlight these problems we thought it fit that we share it. You can take a look below: some of the facts are very shocking (its quite big: so you'll have to click read more if you haven't already!).
Today: after the recent fatal avalanches in Scotland the mountaineering bodies have issued the following safety reminder. 'With Scotland’s hills and mountains currently at their most beautiful and most challenging, mountaineering bodies today (21 February) have issued a joint safety reminder, emphasising the need for preparation before heading out into the mountains.
Whether you’re out walking or attempting a technical climb, the presence of snow and ice adds an extra dimension to the risks and rewards of a day spent in our wildest environments.
The primary consideration of every expedition, whatever the season, should always be a safe return. But conditions in winter make particular demands: shorter days, low temperatures and conditions underfoot which can quickly alter.
On Tuesday 19th 2013 the Brecon Beacons (in Wales) became the 5th International Dark Sky Reserve. That's one of only 5 places in the world! It joins 2 other British places: Exmoor (in Devon, England) and the Galloway Forest Park (in Scotland). The two other sites are Mont Mégantic in Quebec and NamibRand nature reserve in Namibia.
So really there's no better place to go wild camping than the UK: we do after all have 3 of the 5 International Dark Sky Reserves. Take a look at our guide to wild camping at http://mountainhikesuk.weebly.com/wild-camping.html to find out how you can enjoy those dark skies.