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Snowdon reference idea 'to increase map use'

Posted 14 June 2012
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Snowdon reference idea 'to increase map use'
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Walkers on Snowdon will be encouraged to use their Ordnance Survey maps and compasses more by a new initiative devised by the Mountainsafe Partnership.

The organisation, which includes the national park authority and North Wales Police, is trialling a series of grid reference point signs on gates and stiles on the mountain in a bid to increase safety.

It is intended to prompt hikers to use their maps more and avoid getting lost.

Snowdonia National Park warden Gruff Owen said: "The markers are being placed on pre-existing stiles and gates so that temporarily disoriented walkers who've brought a map and remember their geography lessons, will easily be able to pinpoint their position."

The markers consist of small blue discs with the grid references on them pinpointing the position, with the original idea coming from local mountain rescuers.

People who do need rescuing in Snowdonia may find a royal rescuer leading the operation, with Prince William recently passing tests to become a captain with the authority to lead helicopter search-and-rescue missions.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801384558-ADNFCR