Why write out a route card? This question will be answered the very first time you take a group (or just yourself) out on the moors and things don’t go to plan. The problem being that no one knows where you are, where you intended going, at what time you intended being there and at what time they should start to get concerned. The other point to raise is that it is just good discipline to plan your journey before you set out to do it. After all if you were driving from one side of the country to the other you’d (Sat Nav owners excluded) you’d do a bit of research first, wouldn’t you?
Does a Moorland Hike Route Sheet have to take hours?
The first route sheet you ever do will feel a little taxing, however, with practice, word processors and hard-disks they should get easier and quicker with each route sheet you complete. If you are likely to take groups on out on a repeated route then all you would have to do is call up an old route sheet, check the date, weather, emergency telephone numbers and times of departure/return and hey-presto you are ready to go. But remember a route sheet is only any good in an emergency if someone knows where to find it and that you were going in the first place (let someone know!). When you get out there why not try use our Pacing Made Easy Guide.
Hike route card (example)
|Date of Hike:||Group Leader:|
|Poor Weather Option:||Escape Routes:|
|Expected Time of Departure:||Expected Time of Return:|
|Emergency Contact No. 1||Emergency Contact No. 2|
|Location From:||Grid Ref:||Location To:||Grid Ref:||Bearing||Distance:||Height Gain (m):||Time (Mins)||Notes:|