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Use map and compass

A mountain rescue team has stressed the importance of map and compass after rescuing a lost walker.

Volunteers from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out by Cumbria Police to help locate a walker who was lost in the Hollow Stones area while descending Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain.

A team of 11 made their way up the fell and were eventually able to find the walker by locating his GPS-equipped smartphone. They walked him down to the valley bottom on their first call-out of 2012.

A rescue team spokesman commented 'It is worth remembering the importance of having and being able to use a map and compass in all weathers and visibility.'

Just a week previously, the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association had expressed their concern that people were relying more on GPS to find their way instead of a map and compass.

Volunteers added that call-outs to people using hand-held map gadgets in favour of traditional navigational skills have increased sharply.

Details from the Westmorland Gazette below.

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  • 08 January 2012
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