Mountain rescuers said walkers should be able to navigate without the use of a GPS device.
The advice came after a five-hour search for two women who climbed a mountain by mistake.
The pair were found by Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team yesterday at Grisedale Hause after an operation involving 15 volunteer members.
A team spokesperson said one of the women was very cold when they called for help at 4.30pm.
The spokesperson said: “After having intermittent contact with them, a search was organised.
“We managed to work out their direction of travel, since their survival blanket had ripped and was useless and they had decided to move again.
“They were located at Grisedale Hause, having accidentally gone up Fairfield.”
The team spokesperson had tips for walkers on the Lakeland fells: “Make sure you can navigate
“It is essential that you can navigate. Relying solely on a GPS, either free-standing, or software on a smart phone, is a hazardous strategy, and can land you in trouble.
“Being able to orientate a map to the ground you are on, recognise features on the ground as they appear on a map and being able to tell your direction of travel and distance travelled are skills that not only make remote-area travel safer, but it is also very satisfying.
“If your party gets lost, you cannot blame someone else for navigation errors. It’s everyone’s responsibility.
“Courses are available and they are often taught on a day out, so you don’t waste time sat in a classroom.
“The ability to navigate and keep moving in poor visibility, extreme weather, darkness and in unfamiliar terrain is a vital skill.”
The team had to contend with swollen becks and sizeable remaining snow patches during the rescue, its 23rd of the year.