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Senseless damage on mountains could cost lives

November 19, 2012, 12:03 pm

One of a series of grid-reference points on Snowdon recognised nationally as a simple means of promoting mountain safety and potentially saving lives has been inexplicably and inexcusably damaged.

In June 2012 the initiative developed by the Mountain-safe Partnership and implemented by the Snowdonia National Park Authority received widespread praise from mountain users on the social networking site Twitter and was featured on national TV.  Small grid-reference discs are already in place on many of the stiles and gates on Snowdon and Cader Idris and have proved popular with a full range of mountain users both experienced and novice alike.

mountain grid ref

The idea behind placing grid references on footpath furniture originally came from local mountain rescue teams.  The markers are placed on pre-existing stiles and gates so that temporarily disoriented walkers whove brought a map and remember their geography lessons, will easily be able to pinpoint their position.  It is hoped the markers would encourage walkers to polish up on their map and compass skills as well as assisting those who become disoriented to better direct any responding MRT.

Wardens at the SNP recently discovered the signs in Bwlch y Moch near Crib Goch damaged and defaced and they believe this could have taken place sometime over the last two months.

SNP Senior Warden Dewi Davies said “Damaging the signs on Snowdon was an irresponsible and foolish act.  The signage is there for a purpose and reason – to aid navigation and orientation therefore helping those who are lost and potentially in danger.  To damage them endangers the lives of others and I am very disappointed with such selfish behaviour.”

damaged sign

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