He's a pensioner from Tyne & Wear.... any thought process (or lack of it) is possible...Something here does not add up right. He has all that kit but loses his map and compass. Slept out for three nights and did not think that the helicopter was looking for him, what your friend would not raise the alarm. Some pretty prominent paths in that area and he only had to follow the dale down hill. There is more to this story. Cynical me No sir.