A map and compass are essentials, the team said. Photo: Dundonnell MRT

A map and compass are essentials, the team said. Photo: Dundonnell MRT

Rescuers in the Highlands reminded walkers that a map and compass are not optional extras for those heading for the hills.

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team hitched a lift on a boat to reach a lost walker above Loch Mullardoch on Friday.

Police contacted the team about 7pm on Friday when the walker called for help after getting lost in the hills north of the loch.

He had set out to ascend Creag Dubh and Bràigh a Choire Bhig without a map and compass.

A team spokesperson said: “The mist came down and [he] ended up walking all the way out to the summit of An Socach where he made contact with Police Scotland to alert them that he was lost.

“He managed to give them the unique number on the trig point which, when checked out, confirmed where he was. The team took a boat up to East Benula lodge – thanks to Angus Hughes for the ride.”

Six team members and two Sarda Scotland search dogs began a search of the area and the missing walker was found, uninjured, about 9.30pm. He was then taken back to his car at the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir.

Team leader Iain Nesbitt said: “I would like to remind walkers how important it is to be properly equipped when heading onto the mountains.

“A map and compass, along with the ability to use it, are absolutely essential at all times of year. They are not optional extras and basic navigation techniques are easy to master.”

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