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Clothing warning issued after walker in Napoleonic dress rescued

Posted 7 November 2012
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Clothing warning issued after walker in Napoleonic dress rescued
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Those who like to go walking have been advised to be aware of the need to put on winter clothing appropriate to the season as the weather gets cold on the hills.

Such a call has been issued by a spokesman for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) after helping two people get off a snow-covered Great Dun Fell in the North Pennines - one of whom was in fancy dress as a soldier from the Napoleonic wars, including a sword and musket.

The duo had been walking the Pennine Way for charity and were outside when night fell, leaving them to seek shelter at the radar station.

An initial call was made to police by mobile phone, but once station staff arrived and the radar came into operation the signal prevented any further messages being sent, although the walkers were able to go inside and warm up before MRT members arrived to walk them down off the fell via the access road.

Commenting on the Napoleonic hiker's attire, the spokesperson said: "At this time of year it is particularly important that walkers are suitably prepared for the conditions on the mountains, by consulting appropriate weather forecasts, being properly equipped and ensuring their activities are not beyond their experience level."

While most people heading for the hills are unlikely to ever do so dressed as Napoleon or one of his troops, the need to be prepared as winter closes in is something that rescue teams have already had to stress following the first snows of winter during the past week.

A spokesman for Coniston MRT said this week that people should not be complacent if the weather is mild in the valleys and should particularly pay attention to the conditions if they venture above the snow line, taking items like ice axes and crampons.

This warning followed the rescue of a man who had got stuck while scrambling in snowy conditions on Dow Crag.