The party, a group of friends from the London area, had started out from Minffordd at around 4:30 p.m. to climb the mountain. Their hope was for a quick evening walk following the paths on the hillside, and using this strategy they successfully reached the summit via the Minffordd path.
The party then took a recommendation from a passing walker to walk the circuit via Mynydd Moel back to the car-park. However, being poorly equipped and with no means of navigation they missed the indistinct path on the summit plateau and quickly became lost. Having wandered unsuccessfully for a couple of hours, they called for help. By this point the group members were cold, hungry, anxious, and one had twisted his ankle, making progress slow, but still possible.
Using the PhoneFind protocol the lost walkers were located via their smartphones and the group was directed towards a fence line on Mynydd Moel which they could follow to descend. A hill party of three Team volunteers headed up the hill with torches and clothing to intercept the party and escort them safely off the hill. A second group of volunteers waited at the foot of the hill as a back-up.
Everyone was safely off the hill by 12:30 a.m.