Mountain & Cave Rescue Awareness Day 2019

Every year, mountain and cave rescue teams across England and Wales use this day to promote their work. This year, it falls on 27 October, so make a note to get out and support your local team.

And if you're heading for the hills, don't forget to #beAdventureSmart. Ask yourself three questions:

• Do I have the right gear?

• Do I know what the weather will be like?

• Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day ahead?

Answer 'Yes' to all three then go ahead and enjoy your day. If you're not sure, check out our blog to find out more...

VARTA's ‘The Wanderer’s Guide to Winter in the Great Outdoors’ features recommendations to pack back-up torches, portable power banks, warm clothing and a hard copy map. Planning your day out properly will keep you safe. It might even save your life. And there's a guide for summer too.

Map and compass skills are essential