Navigation warning after lost lone walker helped down from Lakeland fell

A MOUNTAIN rescue team has 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 yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

A team spokesman said: “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.

The spokesman 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 two hours.

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4:53pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

It's very easy to do that because there are many paths on that route. If you lose your thread (as it were), you end up wasting daylight and energy following something that turns out to be a sheep track. When it gets dark at 4pm, you can't afford that distraction. In summer I got away with it but the rescuers are spot on: in winter you need serious preparation.
It's very easy to do that because there are many paths on that route. If you lose your thread (as it were), you end up wasting daylight and energy following something that turns out to be a sheep track. When it gets dark at 4pm, you can't afford that distraction. In summer I got away with it but the rescuers are spot on: in winter you need serious preparation. Milkbutnosugarplease

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