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Lost on the fells

A mountain rescue team (MRT) has warned fell walkers to use adequate navigation equipment.

The team highlighted the need for fell walkers to use ‘adequate navigation equipment’ after being called out to a hiker who became lost in the Langdales.

Langdale and Ambleside MRT responded after a man walking alone called for help on his mobile phone when he lost his way between Langdale and Grasmere on 28 December.

A team spokesman explained: 'It proved very difficult to locate him, but eventually we worked out where he was. With some guidance by phone he was able to find a way down to Grasmere before it went dark - this was a little unfortunate, because he'd parked his car in Langdale.

He added: 'A smartphone, and the torch and a photo of a map from a book stored on the same phone don't constitute adequate navigation equipment'.

Three rescuers were involved in the incident, which took 2 hours.

Details from The Westmorland Gazette below.

  • 30 December 2013
  • NOF

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