Piers Gill – Scafell Pike

Piers Gill

Piers Gill

 

Piers Gill is the deep cut gill which the Corridor Route crosses 200m after leaving Lingmell Col on the descent from the Pike. Piers Gill, itself, is a ‘canyon’ descent with several short pitches and one longer one; do not attempt to walk down the bed of the stream!!

There is a path on the NE( river right) bank.  This path has very steep sections next to large drops into the gill – there have been several serious accidents in this area in recent years.  Also, after a bad rock step the path crosses Greta Gill which can be hazardous or impossible if the weather is wet. If you find yourself in difficulties on this path then, it is probably safer to,  turn around and retrace your steps to the corridor route.

There is no path on the W ( river left ) bank and indeed there have been fatalities in this area in recent years. 

If you intend to descend by the Corridor Route then make sure that you go all they way round the corner of the Piers Gill crossing and actually slightly uphill to follow the path, well away from Piers Gill, which leads down to Styhead.

One further point, there is no mobile phone coverage in the area around the gill!

Top of Piers Gill.

 

Just after crossing the top of Piers Gill the path splits – take the right hand branch for the Corridor Route.  The Corridor Route goes uphill slightly before continuing to descend to Styhead.

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Our Callout Archive: Piers Gill – Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike – Sun 12th Nov 2017 – Callout 98 in 2017 (limited)

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who’d become stuck on the summit of Scafell Pike. The weather was very cold and windy and they were encouraged to start walking down towards Wasdale in what was left of the daylight. Sarloc was used to track their progress. They were then met by team members …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/scafell-pike-sun-12th-nov-2017/

Hardknott Pass – Fri 3rd Nov 2017 – Callout 97 in 2017

The team was alerted by NWAS after an 18 year old female came off her bike descending Hardknott. With info a little sketchy and knowing a fall off a bike on Harknott isn’t much fun the team was called to base while further info was gathered.  After a call to the informant to gather further …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/hardknott-pass-fri-3rd-nov-2017/

Middleboot Knotts, Scafell Pike – Tue 31st Oct 2017 – Callout 96 in 2017 (limited)

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike. Using Sarloc their position was established as Middleboot Knotts below the Corridor Route in difficult terrain.  After initial attempts to guide them off the hill over the phone failed,  a small team headed up the hill. The walkers were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/middleboot-knotts-scafell-pike-thu-1st-jan-1970/

Illgill Head – Thu 26th Oct 2017 – Callout 95 in 2017

Thursday evening saw the ream called again after someone reported seeing a torch light plashing SOS above the Wasdale Head campsite. A local team member had already headed up the hill to investigate and soon reported back to the Team Leader there was a female with a broken ankle near the Ill Gill Head intake …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/illgill-head-thu-26th-oct-2017/

Netherbeck, Wasdale – Tue 24th Oct 2017 – Callout 91 in 2017

Team called last night for a walker reported overdue from a walk from Wasdale to Ennerdale. The walker was found in the small hours by Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team near Ennerdale.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/netherbeck-wasdale-tue-24th-oct-2017/

Bowfell – Wed 25th Oct 2017 – Callout 92 in 2017 (limited)

The team was called for 3 walkers who where lost somewhere under Bow Fell in the Upper Esk. Due to the location the team leader was unable to re-contact the group.  The were sent text messages with instructions should they become unlost and a small party was dispatched to search for them. There was several …

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Esk Hause – Wed 25th Oct 2017 – Callout 93 in 2017 (limited)

The Team was called after an ML group came across a party of 4 lost below Esk Hause. They offered to escort the party to Styhead where 2 team members who were heading out for a run met them and took then down to Wasdale Head.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/esk-hause-wed-25th-oct-2017/

Eskdale – Thu 26th Oct 2017 – Callout 94 in 2017

The team was called out this afternoon to assist an elderly gentleman above Christcliff, Eskdale whilst descending from Eel tarn he’d slipped and fallen a couple of times and tried to make his way down but called for help when the ground became difficult. Once on scene he was assessed by a couple of Casualty …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/eskdale-thu-26th-oct-2017/

Upper Eskdale – Sat 21st Oct 2017 – Callout 90 in 2017

We were called by our colleagues in Langdale Team to help look for a missing walker last seen ascending Bowfell via The Band. The walker was found by a mountain leader and group on a night navigation exercise near Long Crag in Upper Eskdale. The walker was passed to us near Lingcove Bridge and after …

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Esk Hause – Sat 21st Oct 2017 – Callout 89 in 2017 (limited)

We were called by Police about a group of walkers who were reported as wet through and poorly equipped for the conditions, one of whom was also missing. The group were found by a mountain leader at the Esk Hause shelter. As this is in Keswick Team’s patch the incident was passed to them but …

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