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Burning map aids Peak rescue

Posted 6 February 2012
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Burning map aids Peak rescue
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A couple from Dronfield in Derbyshire may be looking to buy a new Ordnance Survey Map after setting fire to the one they had to help guide Mountain Rescue volunteers to their position.

The pair had got stuck on Kinder Scout after getting wet attempting to descend via Crowden Brook on Friday (February 3rd), a situation that left them stuck and cold on a frozen ledge as darkness fell.

Members of the Buxton and Edale teams set out to help them via Jacob's Ladder and a police helicopter was scrambled, with the pair lighting the map to help attract their attention.

They were flown to hospital in Sheffield and released after being checked over.

The importance of a good map and other navigation equipment like a compass on a flat plateau like Kinder Scout may be immediately apparent to anyone who sees the spaced-out contour lines, indicating how featureless much of it is.

Neither of the two trig points on the plateau marks its highest point of 2,088 ft, which is represented by a small cairn. ADNFCR-2803-ID-801284561-ADNFCR