Details of your route should be left with your support team or someone who can monitor your progress and most importantly alert the rescue services if you are overdue. Because you plan a route it does not mean you have to use it. It is better to cancel if there is a problem than to risk lives ascending a mountain in atrocious conditions.
Many people do not realise that a calm sunny day in the valley can mean low cloud and gale force winds on the summit, add to this the wind chill factor and a walker badly prepared has got problems.
There should be a party leader and that person should ensure the group walks at a sensible pace. This is usually the speed of the slowest walker. Each person should carry a map and compass and all have checked the route before leaving. If you are delayed e.g. you have descended into the wrong valley, inform your base or the police as quickly as possible to avoid the mountain rescue team from being called out unnecessarily.
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