... promoting the safe enjoyment of Snowdonia's mountains
MountainSafe are a partnership organisation consisting of Snowdonia National Park Authority, North Wales Police, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, The British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training Wales, North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, The Met Office, RAF 22 Squadron, Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre and Snowdonia Active.
The primary aim of MountainSafe is to promote the safe enjoyment of Snowdonia's mountains by providing education opportunities for the partnership's target audience - inexperienced and occasional visitors to the mountains of Snowdonia. MountainSafe hopes to increase the proportion of people enjoying themselves safely in the mountains by promoting the following key messages:
The number of mountain users in Snowdonia has increased rapidly in recent years and this is reflected in the number of mountain incidents reported to the Police authority. This can have dramatic knock on effects on local resources including volunteer mountain rescue teams, rescue helicopter services, ambulances and hospitals. Although only a very small proportion of mountain users are ever involved in mountain accidents the incident figures are quickly becoming unsustainable for local services and it is believed that a strong strategy for promoting safe behaviour in Snowdonia's mountains is necessary.