Getting lost: lessons learned the hard way

Losing your way on the hill can be alarming, but it also helps build experience. We asked for your stories of mountain mishaps, and there’s plenty to be learned from your tales of navigational woe…

Our skills guide in the December 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors is all about what to do when things go wrong: accidents, sending for help, calling mountain rescue, and how to find your way when you get lost. We also included three tales from the TGO team’s travels: Alex Roddie cragfast on Aonach Dubh, Chris Townsend lost on Ben More, and Roger Smith dealing with a whiteout on Aonach Beag.

But we aren’t the only ones to have extricated ourselves from navigational scrapes in the mountains. Our readers have a vast depth of experience stretching back decades, and we wanted to tap into that knowledge to share stories that others can learn from.

We’d also encourage you to check out Mountaineering Scotland’s new resource, ‘Lessons learned in the mountains’, which offers a similar collection of stories collated from readers.

Would you like to submit a story for this page? Please email Alex Roddie, the Online Editor, at

The stories


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