Walk down a hill safely and confidently
Going down a steep hill is far harder than ascending one – but all the same some people manage it better than others. Use the lessons outlined above incorporated with these tips (below) and with a bit of practise you too will dance the down the slopes.
1. First – your footwear
If the soles on your boots are threadbare they’re going to be of no use to you on a steep descent of wet grass. Similarly if they’re badly fitted and your feet are slamming into the ends they are too small and your toe nails will bruise. (Take care of your feet, and your feet will take care of you: Top Tips For Footcare)
2. Keep your weight above your feet
Especially on a slippy surface or on scree, so often the natural response is for people to lean backwards which normally ends up with them on the back-side. So maintain a vertical alignment and have your knees bent taking short steps as you go.
3. Go with the flow
On loose rock and scree allow yourself to relax. If your car skids on ice you need to pump the brakes. It’s the same when the rock beneath your feet slides a little – don’t go rigid trying to arrest your fall – just go with it a little.
4. Don’t like the exposure?
If the drop before you is bringing you to your knees with fear – ask a friend to walk right in front of you. This blocks the view and helps you to focus on their foot steps rather than the view. If you have to an old trick of mine is to try and recall your phone number … in reverse. (Try it next time you’re in a panic – it’ll work wonders). Better understanding your fear of heights will also help you here.