Walker who got lost in Lake District hills only had a photo of a map on his phone...

MOUNTAIN rescuers have reminded fell walkers that a mobile phone is no substitute for a map and compass.

A lone walker got lost in the hills between Langdale and Grasmere and only had a photo of a map from a book stored on his phone.

Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team were out for three hours on Saturday December 28 and said it had proved 'very difficult' to locate the missing walker.

They said: "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.

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

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4:49pm Wed 1 Jan 14

disillusioned says...

Should've sent him a photo of a mountain rescue team and a rescue helicopter then.....
Selfish git.
Should've sent him a photo of a mountain rescue team and a rescue helicopter then..... Selfish git. disillusioned

5:14pm Wed 1 Jan 14

snuggle-bunny says...

total idiot., send him the bill- hope he makes a donation to the team
total idiot., send him the bill- hope he makes a donation to the team snuggle-bunny

7:31pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Mickeee says...

Feel so sorry for the MTN rescue folks who could have done without this totally avoidable shout in probable horrid conditions. Whilst up in the Lakes a few years back I chatted to a couple of chaps on Scafell Pike's summit about to set off for 'The Corridor Route'. Both looked under equipped for such a venture sporting more of the 'lounge wear look' to say the least. They did however ask where on the OS Map of the Dark Peak they were currently holding it was and started? Makes you wonder.
Feel so sorry for the MTN rescue folks who could have done without this totally avoidable shout in probable horrid conditions. Whilst up in the Lakes a few years back I chatted to a couple of chaps on Scafell Pike's summit about to set off for 'The Corridor Route'. Both looked under equipped for such a venture sporting more of the 'lounge wear look' to say the least. They did however ask where on the OS Map of the Dark Peak they were currently holding it was and started? Makes you wonder. Mickeee

8:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

People don't realise how dangerous walking in the lakes can be. Maybe the Lake District national parks could put up some signs warning people of the dangers of walking without adequate equipment. But then everyone would whinge that it destroyed the look of the place. Not everyone who comes here knows it's dangerous. I didn't when I first moved up here. Luckily I'm not a keen walker. I could have been worse he could have had no map at all.
People don't realise how dangerous walking in the lakes can be. Maybe the Lake District national parks could put up some signs warning people of the dangers of walking without adequate equipment. But then everyone would whinge that it destroyed the look of the place. Not everyone who comes here knows it's dangerous. I didn't when I first moved up here. Luckily I'm not a keen walker. I could have been worse he could have had no map at all. PropMeUpWithTeabags

4:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

snuggle-bunny says...

let evolution and natural selection sort them out
let evolution and natural selection sort them out snuggle-bunny

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