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Mountain rescue caused by poor preparation

Posted 22 November 2010
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Mountain rescue caused by poor preparation
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Lack of preparation led to a couple of hill-walkers needing to be rescued from snowy mountainside in the Lake District at the weekend.

On Saturday (November 20th), a pair of visitors from the Wirral found themselves on the wrong side of Hart Crag and unable to descend because of snow, leaving them stuck up the mountain as sunset approached.

They were found by Ambleside and Langdale Mountain Rescue with help from a satellite navigation device, but were noted to have been short of important equipment.

Leader of the mountain rescue team Nick Owen said: "This couple were never going to get back down the crag themselves - they didn't have a torch and believed they were on the west side when they were on the east."

Such an incident may help demonstrate the value of Ordnance Survey maps for navigating on the mountains.

Another recent navigation-related problem encountered by the Ambleside and Langdale Team saw a pair who had got lost near Bright Beck being helped to get down on November 14th, with team members meeting them near Stickle Tarn.
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