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Map reminder after rescue from Britain's second highest peak

Posted 12 October 2012
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Map reminder after rescue from Britain's second highest peak
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The need to carry Ordnance Survey maps and compasses to help navigate when visibility is difficult was emphasised after an incident where a man ended up spending much of the night on Britain's second highest mountain in severe weather conditions.

Cairngiorm and Breamer Mountain Rescue teams were called out ar 15:30 BST yesterday (October 11th) after a man who got lost in mist on Ben Macdui called police.

He was eventually found at around 22:15 BST in Coire Raibert above Loch Avon, from where the tired and hungry walker was led to safety.

A Northern Constabulary Spokesman said: "This is a timely reminder of the need for hill-goers to carry appropriate navigation equipment and have the necessary skills to use the equipment."

At 4,296 ft Ben Macdui is the loftiest of five summits in the Cairngorms above the 4,000 ft mark.

Its climate is sub-arctic, as evidenced by its micro-climate in which the summit is almost free of vegetation, even in summer.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801468849-ADNFCR