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Walking GPS may have helped lost walkers

Posted 22 February 2011
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Walking GPS may have helped lost walkers
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A walking GPS may have helped two walkers who became lost on Bleaklow in the Peak District on Monday (February 21st).

The pair found themselves unable to navigate on the flat plateau and rang Derbyshire Police, with volunteers from the Glossop, Woodhead, Buxton and Kinder Mountain Rescue teams helping them find their way off the moor, Grough reports.

John Halstead of the Woodhead team said his group was already kitted up to go on an exercise, remarking: "This is where the training pays off; we were able to come up with a search strategy with our colleagues and deploy our resources to maximum effect."

Despite the challenges of snow and fog they were able to locate the lost pair and assist them, but a walking GPS could have made such a call-out unnecessary by pinpointing their position.

Ordnance Survey maps and compasses are also important tools for those out on the hills, particularly when visibility is poor.

Bleaklow is among a number of mountains listed in the latest edition of Trail Magazine as a "Marmite Mountain" - one people either love or hate.