Man rescued in Snowdonia after smashing map device

Glyder Fach, Snowdonia The man was was helped from Glyder Fach, Snowdonia by mountain rescue team members

A man became stuck on a Welsh mountain because his electronic mapping device broke and he only had a map of Scotland with him.

He was on a night reconnaissance on the 3,262ft (994m) Glyder Fach in Snowdonia in preparation for a challenge walk.

Members of the Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team helped him to safety.

A spokesman warned against depending on electronic applications in the mountains.

"Basically he was depending on an electronic tracking system which he then dropped and the screen broke," said Chris Lloyd.

Start Quote

People should have a paper map of the correct area, and by all means use the electronic equipment to check your co-ordinates, but don't depend on it”

End Quote Chris Lloyd Ogwen Valley mountain rescue

"He never had a paper map of Wales with him, only a map of Scotland, and he was totally dependent on using the electronic device to find his way, so when it broke he was stuck."

The man called rescuers and two members of the Ogwen Valley team walked up the mountain to find him.

"We've had a couple of similar incidents over the past 10 days," Mr Lloyd added.

"One group was taking part in a Welsh 3,000 ft peaks challenge and was again depending on GPS when their battery ran out and they were still on the mountain.

"That resulted in our team being called out at 11pm at night.

"People should have a paper map of the correct area, and by all means use the electronic equipment to check your co-ordinates, but don't depend on it because if you are out on the mountain for hours at a time batteries go flat," he added.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North West Wales

Weather

Anglesey

16 °C 12 °C

Features

  • Baby being handed overFraught world

    The legal confusion over UK surrogate births


  • Bad resultsBlame game

    The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade


  • Welsh flagDragon's den

    Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence


  • BKS IyengarFlexible guru

    The man who helped bring yoga to the West


  • Police respond to a shooting in Santa MonicaTrigger decision

    What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.