The emergencySMS service was originally developed to help deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people make emergency calls to 999. Instead of calling 999, an SMS text message is sent and then relayed through the Text Relay 18000 service. A relay assistant will speak the emergency SMS message to the 999 advisor and then send their reply back you.
Why I hear you ask is this of relevance to us in walking in the mountains? Well as you’ll know if you’ve spent time hiking in the hills around the UK, you very often have poor or even no mobile signal for long periods of time. This makes it difficult to call for help if an emergency arises. However an SMS text message can usually be sent with very little phone signal making the emergencySMS an essential service for anyone exploring the UKs mountains.
Ordnance Survey known colloquially as OS is the national mapping agency of Great Britain. It carries out official surveying of the country providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data.
The OS Maps app from Ordnance Survey provides all the mapping you’ll ever need! Using world-renowned Ordnance Survey mapping with unlimited use of every OS Explorer and OS Landranger map for the whole of Great Britain. That gives you instant access to over 600 maps to view, print, or download to your phone.
If you’re planning to climb Snowdon in the coming days it’s essential you know what the weather’s going to be like at the summit. Checking the mountain weather forecast before setting off will ensure you have the right gear for the day or might even lead you to change your plans altogether.
It’s important to understand how mountain weather differs from the weather we experience in the valleys. Very simply we would expect the temperature to drop by 1°C for every 100m we climb. Snowdon is over 1000m high so typically the temperature will be around 10°C colder at the top than when you started. That’s before we add in any other factors such as wind chill.
Despite the unusual name, Shaven Raspberry is the website of Scott Amos and Lyle Brotherton, two mountain rescue team members with 30 years experience and a passion for navigation. Their small organisation is dedicated to sourcing and developing quality navigation aids, tools and products for hill walkers, mountaineers, navigators and outdoor enthusiasts. They supply essential navigation tools to mountain rescue and search and rescue teams, outdoor instructors, the military and the emergency services.