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 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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Broad Stand, Scafell – Wed 29th Oct 2014 – Callout 56 in 2014

We were called by Police about a family of 4 with a dog who had become stuck on the ledge above Broad Stand on Scafell. We located them near the abseil point and got them in the bivvy tent whilst we set up our ropes for a lower down to Mickledore. Each person and the …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Sat 20th Sep 2014 – Callout 48 in 2014

The team was called about a climber stuck on steep ground on Scafell. The Sea King that we had been training with earlier in the day was back in the valley and lifted five team members to the summit of Scafell before searching from the air. The stuck climber was found on Continue reading »

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Sun 18th Aug 2013 – Callout 48 in 2013

Ourselves, the Great North Air Ambulance and a Sea King from HMS Gannet were called to assist a climber who had fallen from Broad Stand on Scafell. The climber suffered multiple injuries. He was stabilised on the scene by doctors from WMRT & GNAA, then carried up to the waiting air ambulance by team members, …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Thu 14th Jun 2012 – Callout 35 in 2012

The team was called when shouts for help were heard coming from the Broad Stand area of Scafell. A man was found cragfast and uninjured by team members who had ascended via Lords Rake and Deep Gill. He was assisted back up towards the summit and walked down to Wasdale via Green How.

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Sat 2nd Jul 2011 – Callout 40 in 2011

Call from Police for a 62 year man who had taken a 30m fall off Broad Stand on Scafell. He sustained major injuries and was in a critical condition. Team members were flown up to the area in an Air Ambulance whilst the Paramedic remained on scene. The air ambulance had been dispatched immediately and …

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Broad Stand, Scafell – Fri 23rd Apr 2010 – Callout 12 in 2010

Team called out for a cragfast walker on Scafell. A Party of seven were descending via the Broad Stand path when one of their party became stuck on some loose scree. The callout was made and although the team were looking in the Foxes Tarn area, the stranded walker was in fact above Broad Stand. …

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