We have covered recently a few stories recently about people being under-equipped or not have the knowledge to be safely out in the hills, but this one is just a case of getting lost in poor conditions.
This can happen to the most experienced of hikers when the weather changes quickly.
Rescuers were dispatched to help two walkers who had got lost on the side of one of Yorkshire’s three peaks.
The Cave Rescue Organisation received a call from police after a woman called to report herself lost in the poor weather on Pen-y-Ghent Side on the north-west slopes on Sunday. The
Rescuers went to the aid of two walkers who got lost on the flanks of one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. It is the smallest of the three peaks at 964m (2,277ft).
The team was called out around 11:40 am.
The woman had set out to climb Pen-y-Ghent with another friend but due to bad visibility became ‘misplaced’ according to a spokesperson.
“Despite a poor signal, the police control staff were able to get a location for the caller before losing the call,” the spokesperson said.
“A small team was dispatched to locate the walker, and as they approached the reported position, they came across her, with a companion, making their way towards Hull Pot.
“They were none the worse for their experience, and were escorted back to their car at Horton in Ribblesdale.”
There are things which can be done to reduce the need to call for help, knowing the route, having a backup route, taking the right gear, knowing that it gets dark pretty early this time of the year.
It was only last week we share a warning about not ditching vital gear to save weight, but if you need to call out the Mountain rescue then its pretty straightforward.
Call 999 – ask for the Police and then Ask for Mountain Rescue.
Things to help make it easier for them to find you:
- knowing your exact location – obviously, if you are lost you won’t know your exact location, but if your calling due to someone being ill or injured then this info can be very useful
- The route you were planning on taking, while they can use your phone signal to try and locate you this just puts you in a
- Before call making note of important information like:
- Number of people in your party,
- if an accident details of the injured party, name, gender, age, nature of injuries
- Once you have made the call – DO NOT change your location unless instructed by Mountain rescue – they will be using your phone’s location data as a point to aim for.
Remember if you dial 999 and your phone can’t connect to your network but another network is available it will try and connect.
I always carry one of these with me – it might be old, but the battery life is just amazing.
Remember there is no shame in calling in for help, while I personally have never had to do it if I was in danger I wouldn’t think twice about making the call.
After all, that’s why these great men and women volunteer to help people in distress – if they weren’t there I probably wouldn’t explore as many new places as I do.
Now if people go under-equipped or without basics like a map and compass I can see it must get frustrating for them, but if you are ever in doubt just make the call.