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GPS helps lost walkers

Posted 11 November 2011
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GPS helps lost walkers
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The value of a walking GPS was indicated by two incidents this week involving the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

In the first case, a couple became lost in mist on Cross Fell in the North Pennines, with the team able to locate them using the signal from their GPS device.

They were standing on Little Dun Fell above Middle Tongue and having had their position established with precision, they were met by a team of rescuers who were able to walk them off the fell.

Immediately after dealing with that incident, the team were asked to look out for a man lost in the Lake District somewhere around the High Street ridge.

His mobile GPS pinpointed his position as being on Mardale Ill Bell and he was also guided down.

Such technology may show that such devices are very useful things to have in one's rucksacks when on the fells, particularly in winter when there is more cloud, worse light and visibility can often be poor.

At 2,930 ft, Cross Fell is the highest English mountain outside the Lake District and walkers on it can experience the Helm Wind, the only named wind in the UK.