Mountaineering Scotland have warned hill walkers to remember their head torch, and a spare, as the Summer nights come to an end. 

The mountain rescue service have already had a busy year, as many Scots took to hillwalking during lockdown. They have told how darkness has already been the cause for several resume operations. 

As clocks went back at the weekend, the risk of descending a mountain or munro in darkness is increasingly likely. 

Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Adviser with Mountaineering Scotland said: “People will have already noticed the days getting shorter, but this is really emphasised once the clocks change, and the chances are now much greater that you may end your walk in darkness.

“You should take spare batteries with you, although they can be very awkward to change if you’re working in the dark and the rain, so it’s better always to take a spare head torch in your pack, with fully charged batteries already installed.”

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Walkers have also been advised to bring extra layers of clothing as temperatures continue to drop and snow may lie at the peak of mountains. 

A synthetic duvet jacket, two pairs of gloves and face protection are advised, while novices should consider basic training if they plan to take on more challenging climbs. 

Kevin Mitchell, vice-chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue said: “We would encourage hill-goers to be proficient in navigation, check weather reports and be aware of when darkness will fall.

“However if they become benighted or injured they should not hesitate to call out Scottish Mountain Rescue volunteer teams by calling 999 and asking for Police, then Mountain Rescue. Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.