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Lakes incident may show value of separate GPS

Posted 19 May 2011
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Lakes incident may show value of separate GPS
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An incident in the Lake District that led to a Mountain Rescue call-out may have emphasised how useful a walking GPS can be.

The Langdale and Ambleside team was called out on Tuesday (April 17th) by an Italian man who reported he was lost on Crinkle Crags.

According to the walker, he had a GPS in his phone but because it was embedded in the device he could not use this and make a call simultaneously.

This caused problems for the walker and the team, who were unable to find him despite an extensive search.

Fortunately, the man was able to survive the night and walk down to safety on Wednesday morning, with the Mountain Rescue report stating "It's a mystery where he spent the night."

Rising to 2,818 ft above sea level, Crinkle Crags can be a difficult mountain to navigate on using a compass, as magnetic rock and an electric sheep fence can disrupt readings.