The Mountain Code

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Respect for the mountains, yourself & others

Be prepared.
Do not tackle anything beyond your training and experience.
Carry the correct equipment and wear the right clothes.
Know the rescue facilities available in the area and the correct procedure in case of accidents.
Know First Aid.
Avoid going into mountains alone unless you are very experienced.
Leave a copy of your intended route and estimated time of return.
Always report your return.
Make sure your map and compass skills are well practiced.
Rely on your compass.
Consider other people.
Respect the land.
Only undertake walks and climbs within your abilities.
Enjoy the quiet of the countryside; loud voices and radios do disturb.
Do not throw stones or dislodge boulders.
Do not pollute the water.
Keep to footpaths through farms and woodland. If in doubt, ask.
Camp only on official sites or obtain permission from landowners
Be aware of starting fires.
Take all little home.
Keep dogs under control.
Do not startle sheep or cattle.
Be weather wise.
Learn the local weather forecast and current conditions on the mountains.
Weather conditions change rapidly; do not hesitate to turn back.
Help conserve nature.
Enjoy plants, flowers, and trees, but never remove or damage them.
Do not disturb wildlife.
Respect the laws of the forest.
Every tree is of value - avoid causing damage.
The forest is home to many wild birds and animals - do not misuse it.
Where driving is permissible - drive slowly.
Guard against fire.
For Mountain Rescue telephone: 999
Information taken from The Mournes Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland


This photo was taken by Jarlath Gray from the slopes of Slievemeen 2009. Slieve Foy can be seen across the water of Carlingford Lough.