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Navigation and mountain safety. A closer look.

Written by George Fisher

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Here at George Fisher we are built upon the idea of safety in the mountains. In 1947 the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was formed, and over the years George as Team Leader was involved in hundreds of rescues. In 1980 he was honoured with an M.B.E. for services to mountain rescue. Prior to 1947, rescues were undertaken by the police, not all of who had the necessary experience or equipment to do the job. George always felt most strongly that everybody who ventured out onto the fells should be properly equipped!


Today we have George Fisher staff member Paul who runs our navigation and mountain safety courses. Paul grew up not too far from Keswick and started hill walking at five or six years old. With the mountains Capturing his imagination, Paul has never stopped mountaineering and travelling since. These days, apart from getting out and about on the fells generally, he is steadily notching up callouts with Keswick Mountain Rescue Team as well as leading walks in the UK and abroad for HF Holidays.  

Paul has spent time travelling and exploring mountains all over the world. It's a real passion for Paul and this comes across on his courses. We caught up with Paul to see what you can expect from coming along...

What can you expect from coming along to a George Fisher Mountain Safety course?

Confidence; practice / refresh skills; small & friendly group; whatever the weather throws at us

Who is the course good for?

Anyone who wants to build / improve their confidence when map reading.

How can understanding navigation and safety in the mountains improve your time in the outdoors?

My time with Keswick mountain rescue team has taught me the importance of being prepared in the mountains,

See here (and most other rescue team reports) for an idea of the number of people who get lost / plan too big a day, etc. ... Keswick Mountain Rescue

Also here: Walk plans

Will I get to use any equipment if I don’t have my own?

Yes: maps (OS & Harvey), various different compasses to compare (thanks, Silva), plus magnifiers & romer scales

This event is part of our George Fisher 'Boot up your Weekend' and there is are going to be a lot of activities on both Saturday and Sunday:

  • Andrew Stanley is running Podiatry Clinics giving advice on any feet issues you may have
  • Paul is running a Navigation and Mountain safety session on Saturday 7th at 9am
  • There's a BIG Raffle going all weekend with lots of amazing prizes including Meindl Boots, Salomon Shoes, Asolo walking shoes and KEEN goodies to be won. Entry forms will be available in the shop
  • all weekend
  • KEEN will also have gifts for kids and competitions on each of their 4 walks
  • Salomon have a 'Run with Ricky' event on the Sunday 8th at 10.00 that includes a Bacon Buttie, test shoes, packs, watches and jackets + a goody bag
  • And if that wasn't enough we have a selection of our Shoe Supplier specialists in-store to continue to give you the expert advice you expect to receive when you but any footwear in George Fisher UK

All money from the course will be donated to Keswick MRT. We also have courses running on the 16th of March HERE