OS Locate – SARLOC – Views please? Leave a route of where your heading.

I was looking at  some of the great feedback from my winter talks last week where I visited 4 towns on separate nights  and some of the Questions asked are well worth repeating. This lets more folk than the audience that were at the Mountain Aid Talks to share and learn from others.Please fell free to comment. Ochils MRT mentioned SARLOC as an aid for help.

The big thing for me is that “On the OS Locate The ‘Share’ button allows you to connect with friends and family via messaging and social media – let them know where you are, how your adventure is progressing and what time you will be home.” This is so important as is leaving your route with someone and a procedure if you have a problem?

Mountain Rescue Teams across the UK are urging all outdoors people to download the free OS Locate app on to smartphones.

A map and compass and the knowledge of there use is still essential.

OS Locate is a simple app that provides an accurate, easily readable UK Grid Reference. It means that if you were to get lost in the hills or mountains you can easily and quickly tell the emergency operator exactly where you are.

OS Locate – know where you are.

OS Locate screenshots

OS Locate app iconMake the most of your adventures in the great outdoors with OS Locate. Used alongside your Ordnance Survey map, OS Locate is a fast and highly accurate means of pinpointing your exact location on the map, anywhere in Great Britain. If you have lost your bearings or simply would like a little reassurance, OS Locate is the ideal companion for all enthusiasts of the great outdoors.

The app converts GPS location readings from your mobile phone to Ordnance Survey National Grid references, enabling you to determine precisely where you are on an Ordnance Survey map. No mobile signal? No problem; OS Locate does not require a mobile signal to function – the inbuilt GPS system can be relied upon, even in the most remote areas.

Simply download the app and switch on your device’s location services (Settings > Privacy > Location services for iOS devices.  Settings > Location for Android devices).

OS Locate is packed with additional features. The ‘Share’ button allows you to connect with friends and family via messaging and social media – let them know where you are, how your adventure is progressing and what time you will be home.

Use the handy digital compass to take your bearings – always ensuring you are on the right track. For those who are keen to learn more about maps and navigation, the ‘About’ button hosts a wealth of information including hints and tips and a guide to map reading. In addition, you will find simple yet comprehensive guides on how to use eastings and northings.

OS Locate – know where you are.

OS Locate is a complementary tool for Ordnance Survey paper maps. You should always have an Ordnance Survey paper map and baseplate compass when exploring the great outdoors.

Any thoughts ?

Mountain Rescue Teams also have ability to locate smartphones with bespoke SARLOC software but this technology does rely on the availability of a data signal which can be unreliable in the hills and mountains of Scotland.

To download the app see www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-locate

Always leave a route Whatever hill – going activity you are undertaking please remember that it is your responsibility to consider the safaty of yourself and others  leave a route and treat the mountains with respect.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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6 Responses to OS Locate – SARLOC – Views please? Leave a route of where your heading.

  1. ptsd17 says:

    OS Locate sounds fantastic. A rechargeable battery pack for recharging your phone is also a nice small lightweight addition to your kit, and remember a signal from your provider is not required for an emergency call, any provider will accept and route the call if available. The best advice I ever received was no matter what the conditions, the mountain will always be there tomorrow, never regret turning back.

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  2. Allan Young says:

    The current marketing of the OS Locate app by MRTs leaves me feeling a little uneasy. It’s great for knowing where you are but it’s meaningless without a map and the ability to use a compass as well to navigate. In the eyes of the less-experienced it also gives credibility to the view that a mobile phone is a suitable and adequate tool for navigation in the big hills. I’ll admit that most of my navigation is done using a proper (robust) GPS device but I always carry at least 2 maps and still occasionally need them for “bigger picture” nav when visibility is limited and bearings need to be taken. The advice seems to be aimed at “numpties” (we’ve all seen them!) to make it easier to rescue them, rather than to avoid the need to rescue them! And as for the “share” function of the app, it would need a data signal!

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    • Everything I have read emphasis the need always for a map and compass as an essential maybe the MR would comment!

      Does the share signal need a signal – this is an often asked Question any comments !

      I will look into it as well!

      Thanks Map and compass essential!!


  3. Iain Sneddon says:

    I’ve no doubt OS Locate is of benefit but it doesn’t download to older Android phones and I have no intention of buying a new one.
    It might not need a signal to tell you where you are but it does need a charge and remember it’s a GPS receiver not a transmitter. So, if you don’t have a signal you are still stuffed.
    I think I’ll stick with carrying a PLB (registered) for when the phone doesn’t work – it’s a sight cheaper than a new phone as well!

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