At 4.15 p.m. on Mon 12th December, Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team was called to assist two lost walkers near the summit of Cader Idris. The couple, a 24 year old woman and a 41 year old man, both from the Stafford area, had become disorientated in the cloud on their way down from the summit. With daylight fading they realised they were not going to find their way down in the dark and called for help.
Team call-handlers made use of the SARLOC system, which utilises smartphone technology, to get an accurate position for the pair. With guidance over the phone they were then able to locate a stile with a grid reference disc on it to further confirm their position. A small fast-moving party of Team volunteers was able to ascend quickly to find the couple, provide them with dry clothing, and walk them down the Minffordd path. Everyone was safely off the hill by 8.15pm.
"The mountains can offer excitement and challenge in lots of different weather conditions" said Graham O'Hanlon, one of the Team volunteers. "The key thing is to check the forecast, and to ensure key elements such as clothing and skills are suited to the conditions expected."
"The couple had been well equipped for a day on the hill" said Graham "but the lack of bad-weather navigational skills and torches made all the difference."