/ Sponsored blindfolded hill walk
Anyone have any experience of attempting to organise such and event? Hints or tips? Thoughts? Im doing the usual risk assessment of the event (yawn). We've also consulted with MR and also the National Park who are all ok with this.
I've got no experience or helpful tips, but that sounds like a great idea!
Have you tried asking Action for Blind what they suggest?
Cracking idea. I cant beleive we didnt think of that!
I would insist on blindfoldees wearing boots with proper ankle support
Most definitly. Although i had a major sulk on when i was told to do a risk assessment on it (nanny state...grumble mumble) it is all started to make sense after writing it all down.
Action for Blind or the RNIB (I know, different charity!) may even be able to supply you with different types of blindfolds simulating the different types of blindness. Few people who are registered blind are 100% blind, it might be a good way of seeing what it's like for those with different 'types' of blindness? Have fun!
So on the dreaded risk assessment i have:
Adverse weather at start of event
Adverse weather during event
Injury of particpant
Nav problems or participant getting lost
Maybe you should expand upon how they're going to get injured. Also you might have participants giving up half-way, maybe there are particular hazards on the route like streams.
Is it for insurance purposes or for real safety benefit?
No, its for genuine safety concerns. I'd also not want burden MRT through bad-management and lack of planning/forethought. There's enough people doing that up the Lakes without me adding to it!
The main injuries i would anticipate would be lower limb injuries (strained ankles etc) due to slips and trips.
No particular hazrds on route - I've picked this path as its pretty straight forward all the way up, no stream crossings and doesnt involve any edges/drops etc. Its also not too rough underfoot.
We'd have a number of designated marshalls accompanying the group up so that if we did get any quitters we could escort them down, or weather premitting let them sit it out and be met by the group on the way down. Overall plan would be not to have people wandering off on their own.
Sounds as safe as possible without cotton-wool to me
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