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Warning over equipment as nights draw in

Posted 12 October 2010
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Warning over equipment as nights draw in
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Those who like to go walking on the mountains have been advised to ensure they are well-prepared as the nights draw in and the temperatures drop.

Such advice has come from the leader of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team Martin Cotterell, after it was called out at 20:00 BST on October 11th when a lone walker on the High Street fells was reported missing.

The man was found alive but very cold near Knott, prompting Mr Cotterell to tell those heading out on the fells to take all the right things with them.

"This should include a torch, whistle and spare warm clothing in addition to a map and compass," he noted.

As well as winter jackets and ordnance survey maps, a walking GPS may also help with navigation if visibility becomes limited.

One mountain rescue team that has been very busy dealing with people in trouble on the hills is Edale.

The High Peak-based team revealed this week 2010 has already become its record year for the number of call-outs received.

Posted by Elaine Arthur