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  1. Tackle Your Favourite Mountain For WaterAid

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    Missing the Olympics? Looking for a new sporting challenge in 2013? Or simply want to get out there and enjoy the countryside? International charity, WaterAid, is calling on walkers and climbers of all levels to ‘conquer’ their favourite local mountain and raise vital funds to provide access to clean water and sanitation to rural communities in Nepal.

    Join over 2,000 other climbers taking part in the 2013 WaterAid200 challenge on the 8th June and take on your chosen mountain to raise money for the charity. The challenge aims to put a different team on top of 200 different mountains in the UK and Ireland while raising over £200,000 to help fund work to improve access to safe water and sanitation in mountainous Nepal.

    WaterAid200 includes some of the UK and Ireland’s best-loved peaks including those in the Scottish Highlands, the Lake and Peak Districts and Wales as well as lesser-known but equally stunning sites in the South of England.  Visit www.wateraid200.org to find out more about the challenge, sign-up and claim your favourite peak.

    Anna McGuire, Senior Events Officer at WaterAid, said, “By taking part in WaterAid 200 you can know that with every step, you are helping others to climb out of poverty by providing access to safe water and sanitation and reducing the time spent collecting water each day in one of the most mountainous regions of the world. You don’t need to be a mountaineer or experienced climber to take part – with climbs that range from gentle slopes to steep scrambles and  take in some of the best views  (and pubs!) across the UK and Ireland, there really is a peak for everyone!”

    Although we’re all hoping for great summer weather, conditions in the hills can change rapidly and walkers have to be prepared for the worst. On a bright, sunny day, it’s tempting to head off in shorts and T-shirt but it’s important to be prepared for the worst so bear in mind our advice for charity walkers.

    The key to comfort is flexible layers of clothing – a baselayer to shift moisture away from your skin where it would chill as it cools; a mid layer for insulating warmth and an outer layer that will offer protection from wind, rain and snow. Don’t forget the instant flexibility offered by a hat and thermal gloves. Avoid overheating by sticking to a comfortable pace and letting heat escape by quick simple ventilation options such as opening zips and cuffs and whipping off your hat.

    In your rucksack, a water bottle, food, snacks, basic first aid kit, survival bag and a head torch (check the batteries) are the bare essentials. A map and compass or GPS should be handy and in use whilst a safety whistle should be easy to reach.

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