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Navigational error strands walkers

Posted 28 February 2012
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Navigational error strands walkers
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Those who like to go walking may wish to make sure they have Ordnance Survey maps and a compass - as well as knowledge of how to use them - in order to minimise the odds of them getting lost on mountains.

One pair who suffered such a fate was a couple of walkers from Surrey who climbed Scafell Pike from Wasdale yesterday (February 26th) but made a navigational error coming down and found themselves descending the wrong way into Upper Eskdale.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out and managed to find the pair, who were warmed up inside a bivi tent before being walked down into the valley and given a lift back to their car in Wasdale.

Scafell Pike can be difficult to navigate in mist, but those using a compass can avoid going south instead of north, as this pair did.

The Eskdale route is the longest way to the top, with the long, flat expanse of Great Moss in upper Eskdale stretching out beyond Brotherilkeld Farm before a steep descent is made to Mickledore and then rightwards towards the summit.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801304029-ADNFCR