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Lack of map highlighted as lost couple rescued from Welsh mountain

Posted 8 January 2013
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Lack of map highlighted as lost couple rescued from Welsh mountain
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The need for those who go walking to take Ordnance Survey maps has been highlighted by a mountain rescue call-out in south Wales.

Members of the Brecon and Central beacons Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) were called out when a Maltese couple got lost in mist on Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in the national park at 2,907 ft, Grough reports.

The news provider quoted deputy team leader of Brecon MRT Mark Jones as saying: "Unfortunately the couple didn’t have a map or compass so when the cloud came down they were unable to navigate their way down the mountain. They did the right thing by calling for help."

He added: "The weather conditions on the mountain were appalling, with low temperatures and cloud making the search difficult."

Mr Jones noted that the conditions were so severe that a helicopter was unable to find the couple, with the pair finally being found after five hours of searching by 35 team members, aided by rescue dogs.

The use of a map to help navigate might have saved the walkers the difficulty of trying to find their way back down the mountain in poor visibility, something that is likely to be worse in winter.

As well as higher levels of cloud and precipitation, the shorter daylight hours mean those on a mountain in the afternoon have less time to find their way down before night falls.

Elsewhere in Wales, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation has also been involved in helping walkers lost in mist off mountains in Snowdonia.

On January 4th, the team helped a pair of walkers who had been trying to descend from Glyder Fawr to the Devil's Kitchen who became disorientated as the clouds descended.

In addition to a map, a compass is an excellent piece of kit to ensure walkers and climbers can navigate safely. In particular, these two items can be used to find the quickest and easiest descent route when the weather conditions or light levels are deteriorating.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801518243-ADNFCR