The woman was found near Castell y Gwynt. Photo: Mike Peel CC-BY-SA-2.5

The woman was found near Castell y Gwynt. Photo: Mike Peel CC-BY-SA-2.5

A walker had to be rescued from a Snowdonia mountain after the batteries failed in her GPS.

The 55-year-old from Betws y Coed had no paper map and became disoriented on the summit of Glyder Fach on Wednesday.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was training at its base when it was called out at 7.15pm.

Chris Lloyd of the team said the lone walker set out at 8am that day, ascending Y Garn and taking photographs of the area’s flora.

“She eventually ventured onto the Glyder plateau, an area that she was not familiar with,” Mr Lloyd said. “Having got as far as Castell y Gwynt, or further, she found that her GPS had gone flat.

“Without a paper map, she was unsure of her escape from this moonscape.

“She made the 999 call. We were able to get one call back to her to try to establish as to where she thought she might me but then communications were lost.

“She was given instructions to walk in a westerly direction towards the setting sun – it was a lovely evening on the tops.

“OVMRO deployed a party of four who walked up Cwm Idwal to above the Devil’s Kitchen and up the screes of Glyder Fawr.”

He said North Wales Police’s helicopter also joined the search and as dusk was falling found the woman just west of Castell y Gwynt.

The team of four made their way on to the summit plateau and met the walker then accompanied her back down the screes to Llyn y Cwn then down via the Devil’s Kitchen to Cwm Idwal.

Mr Lloyd said the party arrived at the new Idwal Visitor Centre at 1am on Thursday. He said: “She was very tired after a long day.

“On the last 100 yards she was joined by three of her four grown-up daughters.

“Unfortunately, this was another case of over-dependence on gadgets electronic.”

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