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Leaving a route card

It would be wise (particularly if you are heading out on the hill alone) to leave some details regarding your intended route choice. This can be as simple as leaving a few brief particulars regarding your plan for the day and your expected time of return. In the event of you getting into difficulties in the mountains, a few brief details could make an important difference for the Police and Mountain Rescue Teams.

One way to make sure these details are available is this simple late back procedure form which you may wish to print off and use. You can leave this form with family, friends, an accommodation provider or, failing that, inside your car. This form has been created by friends and colleagues of Clive Dennier who went missing in the Kinlochourn area in March 2013. Please remember, it is crucial that you do report back when you get off the hill. Otherwise valuable resources and time may be wasted looking for you.

An alternative form produced by Police Scotland is also available - called Going to the Hills. Mountaineering Scotland endorses both of these initiatives.

Please note: The Police have a dedicated phone number, 101, which can be used in the event of non-emergency situations, such as when someone is concerned about their partner who is overdue coming off the hill.

Click here for more detailed information regarding the pros and cons of leaving detailed information about an intended hill walking and mountaineering expedition.