An update from Mountaineering Scotland if you need assistance !

A Facebook post has been doing the rounds recently advising people what to do if they find themselves lost or stranded with low battery or no phone signal. It involves changing your voicemail message to give your approximate position and circumstances so that anyone who calls you will receive this information even if you totally run out of battery or signal.
Whether or not this would actually work, it’s hardly the best use of a failing battery.
Mountaineering Scotland’s Mountain Safety Advisor Heather Morning says: “If you are in an emergency situation the most important thing to do is dial 999, ask for Police, and then for Mountain Rescue. A 999 call will get through on any network, even if your own is not available.
“If the signal is poor, it may still be enough to allow you to send a text message to 999, with your position and brief details of the problem. Although you have to pre-register your phone to be able to do this, it’s quick and easy to do.
“You can also find out your exact location using the free OS Locate app, which gives your position in the tried and tested format used by Mountain Rescue Teams.”
Find out more about calling Mountain Rescue and how to register your phone for 999 texts at:
Find the OS Locate app:

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3 Responses to An update from Mountaineering Scotland if you need assistance !

  1. OS Locate is a great little app for old-style navigators; 6 figure grid ref and altitude.

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  2. Jim Fraser says:

    OS Locate is a good app but there are also other apps for the purpose of establishing your OSGB Grid Reference. Some of them do so in a clearer, bolder and less fussy way than OS Locate.

    Grid Reference by Arthur Embleton
    Grid Reference Free OS by Torvus
    GPS OS Grid Reference by Tomstrails
    Gridpoint GB by George MacKerron

    OS Maps is another Ordnance Survey app to assist navigation. With a subscription, one has access to OS mapping. However, even without a subscription one has access to ‘Standard’ maps that are good enough for navigation in many circumstances. IMPORTANTLY, the ‘Aerial’ map option on unsubscribed OS Maps provides what is probably the best quality satellite imagery available at low or no cost on the internet. That imagery is can be a great help in assessing the ground where you are or where you intend to go.

    AML (Advanced Mobile Location) operates on all modern smartphones to automatically send a data stream to emergency numbers like 999/112 containing your geographic location. AML is not implemented by every emergency service organisation but is implemented by most of the British police forces dealing with mountain areas. Several things have to join up for AML to work well so in an emergency have a grid reference app as well so that you have position information that you can give to the police.


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