Walker who got lost in Lake District hills only had a photo of a map on his phone... (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Walker who got lost in Lake District hills only had a photo of a map on his phone...
10:51am Wednesday 1st January 2014 in News
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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