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Helvellyn rescue may emphasise navigational needs

Posted 1 March 2010
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Helvellyn rescue may emphasise navigational needs
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Mountain Rescue volunteers in the Lake District spent six hours in an operation to rescue a group of climbers who became lost on Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England.

A ten-strong team from Patterdale Mountain Rescue was deployed after the group - which had ascended to the summit via Striding Edge - became lost and were unable to find their way down.

The rescuers had to climb up Helvellyn after low cloud prevented a helicopter from reaching the group, with the climbers all being taken off safely once they were found.

Such an incident may emphasis the need for those taking to the mountains in challenging weather to ensure they are well equipped to navigate in poor visibility.

The use of a walking GPS and Ordnance Survey maps may help to ensure treks can be undertaken without getting lost.

Helvellyn is one of four mountains over 3,000 ft in the Lake District, the others being Scafell Pike (3,210 ft), Sca Fell (3,164) and Skiddaw (3,054).

Posted by Brandon Egley