Hill Walking Downloads
A PDF of a blank route card.
We also have an editable route card in excel format that you can download from the random hill walking downloads section. The editable version will workout times based on distance travelled, speed and height climbed and can be found at the end of this link http://www.lupineadventure.co.uk/downloads/hill-walking-downloads/doc_details/6-route-card-editable-in-excel.html
This is version 3.0 of the route card updated in April 2012
Route card in editable Excel format. Key in the start time and the distance, height gained and rest times on each leg and it will calculate and fill in the estimated time taken and the totals.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements to this route card.
This excel file has protected cells that the user cannot edit without keying in a password to prevent accidental deletion of formulas. If you would like to know the password so you can edit it further then please ask.
This is version 3.2 updated in June 2012 after help from Thomas Gaffney who has made it easier to add more rows and made the formula for the time allowed for height gained much more elegant.
This document is 8 sheets of A4 that you can print off. The first 7 sheets are designed to be printed onto paper and then laminated in credit card sized wallets and then referred to on the hill side. They are different designs showing information on timings, magnetic variation and angle of slope. Generally we print them off with different complementary designs on different sides. One of these designs is for printing out double sided and trimming down very small for affixing to your compass string.
The eighth page we print onto acetate and then laminate in a credit card sized pouch to enable us to make our own avalanche risk dials when in areas not covered by the SAIS or when we don't have internet access for a number of days. We then compare our results and argue for hours about who is right
I was given these as a bad photocopy on my mountain leader training. It was suggested that it would be a good (fun) thing to do with youngsters when out on the hills. I don't know if 'the youth' find it fun but I think it is great. I don't know who (if anyone) owns the copyright (ask me to remove it and I will) but it needs reproducing, it really is that good.
I think the weather forecasting flowchart really works (in the UK). Even if it doesn't it's a good few minutes of light relief that gets referred back to time and time again if you are out for a few days. I challenge you... Do the flow chart decide on where your are in the weather system then look at the synoptic chart when you get home. Never fails... well not often.
When travelling to the hills for winter walking adventures it is useful to have a recent weather record. Snow pack analysis should begin before you leave your home town. This download is an A4 sheet with space to create a 7 day weather and avalanche report log.
This is useful to fill in for a few days before you leave home but also to take away if you are going on expeditions away from up to date weather and avalanche forecasts. Sources of information are:
Sport Scotland Avalanche Forecasts
Sport Scotland Avalanche Observer Blogs
If you have used this sheet and have any feedback then please do get in touch.