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A small anecdote - our training in action

A small anecdote - our training in action

Wed 19th April 2017

After last weekends GPS Training course we received this very interesting response to our e-mail requesting feedback -

There is a small anecdote which you can pass on to the GPS instructor Pete.

...I did the Mungrisdale course on Saturday and on Monday I was using the Oregon 600 in anger on a modest hill circuit above Little Loch Broom (Beinn Ghonhlach is directly across the loch from An Teallach). I downloaded a 'four boot' route from the Walkhighlands website into my GPS. 

Having completed 80% of the walk, on the way down one of our party of six slipped and broke her ankle. The weather was poor and after carrying/sliding her down to the lochside path on a makeshift stretcher (6 walking poles inside a bivvy bag) we realised we wouldn't manage to carry her the remaining 2 miles out to our cars. By then it was 7pm, gettting dark and the weather was deteriorating - so we had to call mountain rescue. The GPS gave us and the rescue helicopter a pinpoint reference (the Waypoint is now stored in my GPS as 'Victoria falls' - that's the patent's name!). 

The helicopter arrived from Stornoway within 90 mins and winched her up over the loch and away to Inverness hospital - she had two ankle fractures and was only discharged from hospital yesterday after a couple of hours of surgery. The rest of us walked out. The helicopter team remarked on the helpful accuracy of the grid reference we gave them - they had to use night-vision goggles and the cloud level was only a couple of hundred feet with nowhere to land. We also gave them  1:50k paper map reference too. 

As I left Mungrisdale I joked to Pete that if I was reported as being lost on the mountains this week he shouldn't feel guilty because I only attended the one day course....instead he should feel pleased that Saturday's training came to good use 48 hours later!

comments
Posted By: Angela Ashton | Fri 21st April 2017

Wow amazing good work and brill navigation

Posted By: Samus McNally | Sat 22nd April 2017

Poor lady. That was a terrible injury. Hope she's doing well. Full marks to technology and GPStraining. Chalk it up lads and ladies!

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