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Accident Black Spots

The Wasdale and Eskdale valleys hold a number of areas where the team regularly has to attend incidents. These are not just black spots where walkers and climbers come to physical harm but also where the team has to go and search for missing persons.

The incident / callout pages of this website are probably the best indicators and worth a visit but this page aims to focus on those where the team spends most of it’s time. The black spots link back to specific incidents. If you as a walker or climber got into difficulty in a particular area but managed to get yourself down under your own steam then we would be pleased to hear about it. Please remember that the Team’s website exists to highlight the role of mountain rescue, the risks on the hills and as such, aims to help people like yourself and your friends enjoy the mountains safely.

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Broad Stand

Broad Stand – Scafell

Broad Stand is a short cut between Scafell Pike and Scafell. It has been described as a scramble but has moves of rock climbing difficulty above an unforgiving landing.

The walkers’ route between Scafell and Scafell Pike involves descending towards upper Eskdale via Foxes Tarn, south east of the direct route.

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Piers Gill

Piers Gill – Scafell Pike

Piers Gill is one of the steeper routes onto and off Scafell Pike from Wasdale. It commonly causes problems when descending the corridor route from Lingmell Col in poor visibility, it is easy to mistake the top of the gill for a descending path. Too often accidents happen as people are reluctant to reascend or …

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The Three Peaks

The national 3 peaks challenge is an attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon in 24 hours. Many thousands of people complete the challenge each year but it also leads to a significant number of mountain rescue calls, many of which could be considered avoidable. This article is intended to publicise and potentially …

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Screes Incident Locations

Wasdale Screes

The Wasdale Screes are an area of unstable, loose boulders on the far (east) bank of Wast Water, underneath Illgill Head and Whin Rigg. GR NY 144 038 to NY165 058.

Walking around Wast Water can be a pleasant outing for those prepared for the screes but there have been many incidents in this area …

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