Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin, where the walkers got lost in a blizzard. Photo: wfmillar CC-BY-SA-2.0

Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin, where the walkers got lost in a blizzard. Photo: wfmillar CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two walkers lost in a blizzard on a Highland mountain were guided to safety by rescuers using smartphone technology.

The pair of hillwalkers were reported lost on Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin overlooking Loch Treig yesterday afternoon.

Rescuers were alerted about 4.50 after the walkers became disoriented in a snowstorm.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team used the Sarloc system to pinpoint their position and they were then given instructions on how to navigate safely off the 1,105m (3,625ft) munro.

The Sarloc system, developed by former Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation member Russ Hore, sends walkers a hyperlink which, when followed on smartphones, sends a signal to rescuers enabling them to get a fix on the lost callers.

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