The graphic provides information for enjoying the outdoors in winter. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The graphic provides information for enjoying the outdoors in winter. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Mountain rescuers have teamed up with a major sponsor to create a guide to walking safely on the hills in winter.

The Wanderer’s Guide to Winter is a collaboration between Mountain Rescue England and Wales and batteries brand Varta, and has pointers for those heading for the great outdoors during the colder months.

Varta has also extended its sponsorship of the organisation for three more years.

The infographic has recommendations on walking during the winter months. Mike Margeson, operations lead for MREW, said: “While the weather may be starting to turn a little colder, it doesn’t mean that the British countryside is out of bounds.

“Snowy hilltops and frosty meadows can provide an incredible backdrop to a winter ramble or outdoor sports challenge, while there are plenty of winter walking routes to help work off the Christmas calories.”

The Wanderer's Guide

The Wanderer's Guide

“However, to enjoy the season at its finest, it is important to be prepared. Sturdy boots are a must, hats and gloves are crucial and emergency rations are never wasted.

“It is also essential to plan your route in advance, make sure you have enough power to charge your devices in case of an emergency and spare torches to light your way if it gets darker than you expect. We’re delighted that Varta is helping us to spread this vital message as local rescue teams still frequently get called out to benighted groups of walkers.”

Following a successful two-year partnership, which has seen Varta provide MREW with more than 60,000 batteries, power packs and torches – representing a saving of more than £30,000 – the two organisations have agreed a three-year extension to the sponsorship agreement.

Varta continue to supply its award-winning products to more than 3,500 mountain and cave rescue volunteers nationwide, as well as providing an annual cash donation and ongoing fundraising support for the 57 local teams.

Natalie Carney, trade marketing manager at Varta Consumer UK, said: “In the past two years, we’ve been pleased to support the hard work of the dedicated volunteers who give up their free time every week for the MREW cause.

“We’ve had very positive feedback on the Varta products from rescue teams and we are working closely with the organisation to provide even greater levels of support, including delivering the Wanderer’s Guide to Winter in the Great Outdoors.

“We look forward to our continued relationship with MREW.”

The Wanderer’s Guide can be downloaded from the Mountain Rescue England and Wales website.

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