Broad Stand – There is no easy route direct from Scafell to Scafell Pike!

Broad Stand

Broad Stand

Broad Stand is the series of rock steps and slabs which link  Scafell to Mickledore on Scafell Pike. It has been described as a scramble but has moves of rock climbing difficulty above large drops and an unforgiving landing – in the event of a fall.  The rock is often slippy and in winter can retain snow and ice long after it has melted elsewhere.  In poor visibility it can be hard to find the correct route which weaves a complex route between Scafell Crag and Scafell East Buttress.

NB – in full winter conditions descent into this area is extremely hazardous as soft snow on Scafell summit might turn into hard frozen neve on the steep north and east aspects in the space of a few metres.

The shortest route for walkers going from Scafell to Scafell Pike  descends towards upper Eskdale via Foxes Tarn.  This involves descending steep scree and then a steep narrow gully.  In winter conditions this route may well bank out with a mixture of neve and water ice- crampons and ice axe are essential in these circumstances.  

There is no easy descent route off Scafell to the east or north.  To descend to Wasdale the ridge trending west needs to be followed via Green How.  To descend into Eskdale follow the ridge south via Slight Side. In bad weather you will need to use a map and compass to find these routes.

There is a very difficult traverse path immediately below the East Buttress of Scafell.  This is a narrow and greasy path with difficult rock steps above a large drop.  In winter it banks out to 45+ degrees with snow and ice.  Several accidents have occurred involving falls from this path.

Icy conditions beneath the East Buttress

Icy conditions beneath the East Buttress

Broad Stand in winter conditions.

Please note Broad Stand is an extremely dangerous area which has unfortunately seen a number of fatalities. An archive of incidents for Broad Stand is shown below. More recent incidents include:

Sunday 25th February 2018- walker found severely injured beneath the East Buttress – probable fall from traverse path, Mickledore, Broad Stand or over the East Buttress. Sadly the gentleman involved died from his injuries.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 – walker found dead beneath the East Buttress – probable fall from traverse path or over the East Buttress.

 

 

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Our Callout Archive: Broad Stand – There is no easy route direct from Scafell to Scafell Pike!

Broad Stand, Scafell – Fri 16th Nov 2018 – Callout 64 in 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers and a dog who were reporting themselves cragfast whilst descending Scafell. As they could see the Mickledore stretcher box it was surmised they were on Broad Stand or its approach from above. As we were leaving base we got further call from the walkers to tell us …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Thu 18th Oct 2018 – Callout 55 in 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who were reported to be stuck on the rock face overlooking Mickledore by a passer-by. This was later confirmed to be the Broad Stand area by a phone conversation with the original informant and speaking with people who’d descended via Mickledore. Once on scene on walker was …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Thu 30th Aug 2018 – Callout 44 in 2018

We were called by Police about a group of walkers who’d become stuck on the steep ground between Broad Stand and Mickledore Chimney. Three of the walkers were stuck on a ledge just below the grassy terrace and were assisted back up a couple of short rocky steps with the aid of a rope from …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Wed 29th Aug 2018 – Callout 43 in 2018

We were called by Police about reports of a walker falling in the Broad Stand area on Scafell. A passing doctor first attended to the casualty and was later joined by the crew of the Great North Air Ambulance. The walker had two companions who remained stuck on the rocks above. Once on scene the …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Fri 27th Jul 2018 – Callout 35 in 2018

We were called by Police about shouts for help heard coming from the Scafell / Broad Stand area. Initially it wasn’t clear whether there was someone in difficulty but further phone calls followed by a team member who was out on the fell getting on scene showed that two walkers were now stuck on the …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Thu 5th Jul 2018 – Callout 33 in 2018

The team was called to assist a walker who had taken a fall on the scree under Scafell East Buttress. With the help of Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, North West Air Ambulance from Blackpool and Rescue 199 from Prestwick the …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Fri 18th May 2018 – Callout 22 in 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who’d fallen off Broad Stand, badly injuring their leg. The Great North Air Ambulance arrived first and provided medical treatment for the casualty whilst also coming down to pick team members up and ferry them to Mickledore. Once on scene the team helped to package the casualty …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Fri 11th May 2018 – Callout 21 in 2018

We were called by Police about a group of 18 people reporting themselves stuck somewhere on the descent towards Broadstand. The party managed to get themselves out of the steep ground and started to descend the mountain. Once we caught up with them time was moving on and we helped some of the party get …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Wed 19th Apr 2017 – Callout 25 in 2017

We were called by Police about a walker who was cragfast somewhere in the Mickledore area. Once team members were on scene it was established the walker was on a ledge overlooking steep ground immediately to the left of Broad Stand. Access was difficult due to damp rock but eventually team members were able to …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Tue 15th Nov 2016 – Callout 69 in 2016

We were called by Police about 2 walker who’d become stuck in the steep ground between Broad Stand and Mickledore Chimney on Scafell. It was hard to access the pair due to the thick mist on Scafell which was making visibility via torchlight difficult and the rocks very greasy. In the end an abseil system …

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