Team members accompanied the walker to the valley. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members accompanied the walker to the valley. Photo: Keswick MRT

An elderly walker celebrating his birthday with an ascent of Blencathra was brought to safety after getting lost near the mountain’s summit in bad visibility.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 4.05pm on Thursday after the man reported he was disoriented in low cloud.

The team used the PhoneFind system to pinpoint his position and directed him to an exit path from the summit, using his compass.

A team spokesperson said: “However with intermittent phone reception and with fading light the team felt it prudent to send out a small team to meet him on his descent.

“It turns out it was the man’s 78th birthday and he had treated himself to a walk up the mountain. After wishing him a happy birthday he was accompanied down to the car park.”

The incident lasted almost 2¾ hours and involved six volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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