Walking and Hiking Accidents in Scotland's hills are decreasing
Accidents in Scotland's hills are decreasing. This is the conclusion of research commissioned by Sportscotland based on statistics from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland.
The researchers have also identified those most at risk and highlighted the most significant risk factors. It's hoped that this information will help improve mountain skills education and training and so ensure that the downward trend continues.
Some of the report's findings are:
- There are 6.5 million 'participation days' spent in the Scottish mountains every year.
- On average, there are 300 incidents every year. Of these, approximately 25 involve fatalities. There are 180 people injured.
- Three quarters of all incidents involved hill walkers.
- Men were at more risk than women - probably due to higher participation and a different attitude to risk.
- Poor navigation was identified as the major cause of problems. Inadequate planning and equipment also featured in many incidents.
- A quarter of incidents involved minor trips or slips.
- Many incidents occurred in fair weather.
- The highest number of incidents was in the Cairngorms followed by The Southern Highlands and Ben Nevis regions.
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