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Topic - In winter, a compass without a map...

wheelsucker - on 13 Feb 2013
...is like a boot without a crampon.

Four walkers were rescued last night after getting lost after reaching the summit of Beinn Ime in the Arrocher Alps.

After reaching the summit at 4.30 pm the group spent an hour wandering around in high winds and poor visibility until they decided to stay put and call the emergency services. Two MRT's from Arrocher and Strathclyde Police searched the hill and located the group near the summit. They were very cold but uninjured. A RAF chopper managed to fly in very poor conditions and took them off the hill.

Media stories about unprepared walkers and climbers seem to be common place these days and this group seems to be an example of this.

A member of the group did have a compass but didn't know how to use it. No map, axes or crampons or any torches. They did have a group shelter which probably saved the day.

The group were all in their forties but inexperienced in winter. There is no doubt the group appreciate the efforts made to help them so hopefully lessons have been learned and the next time they head into the hills they will be better armed.
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