My earliest memories of walking on Kinder would be as a teenager in the 1960's. Walking up to the downfall in all sorts of weather wearing cheap boots, anorak and shorts.
A few 'butties' and a bottle of pop would be the only content of my canvas ex-army rucksack (an accident waiting to happen). Luckily I joined my local scout troop and learned how to navigate using a map and compass, wear the appropriate clothing and carry emergency food and some form of shelter in a good waterproof rucksack. How life has changed.
I have now spent over 40 years with the Kinder Mountain Rescue Team and have the honour of being the chair of both this and the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation which incorporates the 7 teams covering Kinder and The Peak District.
I still love this mountain (yes, over 2000ft it can be called a mountain), it has a wild beauty of its own. Obviously my rescue experiences on Kinder have coloured my memories, I am unable to walk anywhere around the area without thinking of rescues I have been involved in. Mostly good memories with a succesful outcome but inevitably some with a sad ending.
I would ask anyone who is considering taking a walk on Kinder to be prepared. Be competent with map and compass, wear the correct gear, take a hot drink and food, some first aid equipment, torch, whistle and mobile phone.
Gain experience and fitness by walking in other areas.
Kinder Scout is beautiful but can catch out the unprepared. Weather conditions can change in minutes. Visit, enjoy and stay safe.