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Walkers caught out by dark - before clocks go back

Posted 31 October 2011
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Walkers caught out by dark - before clocks go back
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With the daylight hours getting shorter, one group of mountain climbers has had to be rescued after getting lost in the dark, even though it was still British Summer Time.

Yesterday (October 30th) saw the switch to Greenwich Mean Time, but it was on Friday evening (October 28th) that four walkers on Whernside made a mobile call for help after darkness descended.

The group had put on their walking boots to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, but had been unable to complete it while it was light and Cave Rescue had to bring the group down safely after locating them above Buck Head.

People heading for the hills may be wise to ensure they always have a torch with them, so they can navigate using this and their Ordnance Survey maps if it gets dark while they are on the hill.

Taking such devices on expeditions is vital now the clocks have gone back and the days are getting short, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team warned recently.