Boxing Day Rescue from Old Man of Coniston


Boxing Day Rescue from Old Man of Coniston

26/12/13 Six walkers rescued from Coniston Old Man on Boxing Day
Boxing Day Rescue from Old Man of Coniston 

Boxing Day Rescue


Six walkers rescued from Coniston Old Man on Boxing Day

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Comment from MountainSafety

Walking off the turkey was maybe a little more than these walkers pitched for, and I'm sure they learnt some lessons as a result. Even popular walks can have navigational challenges, particular in the mist, and it takes some experience to know what to do when presented with that situation.

The sections of the site dealing with map to land bearings will be good reading. It's also good to make a note of specific location and the time you were at that location. That way you can judge how far you may have travelled once you start to become dis-oriented. If the dis-orientation begins soon after leaving a summit, turn around and walk back to the summit and try again, this time talking a bearing and walking on it. Also look out for features on the ground that will be on a map (always carry a map), including undulation of the ground, and reference that to the contours of a map. A really useful technique is to take a bearing of the slope aspect, and even just knowing the direction in which you are walking is a great place to start. All of those can be related back to the map so that your location can be narrowed down.

Being trained by an expert also helps, and the links section of this site lists some navigation training providers.

Also, don't forget to take a torch, as it gets dark quickly in the winter. A torch is an essential piece of kit all year round.


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