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Scafell Pike – Sun 18th Jul 2010 – Alert

Call came into the police from a mobile phone from a group of seven walkers from the Bradford area who were lost on their descent from the summit of Scafell Pike. They were inexperienced, had no map or compass and inadequate clothing. Weather conditions were wet and windy with cloud down to the valley. From the description given, their location was most probably at the head of Piers Gill or around the Lingmell Col area. While communication was being maintained with the lost party, another group of lost walkers came across them. This group of eight from Cornwall, which included two leaders and 6 juniors, had maps and compass and although lost were not seeking rescue. They agreed to retrace their steps back to the summit of Scafell Pike, taking the lost Bradford group of seven with them and then re-navigating their way back off the mountain to Wasdale Head. At 3.50 p.m. the now larger group of 15 had reached the summit and were heading off towards Mickledore before turning back down into Wasdale. The Cornish group leaders were now confident of their descent route as this was the way they had come up. They were asked to call into the police when they were safely back down. At around 4.00 p.m. the Bradford group called the incident leader to say that they were now happy, descending with the Cornish group and they no longer required assistance. The Wasdale team were stood down and the police notified accordingly.At 9.00 p.m. the team were called out by the police. A worried male at Seathwaite who was supporting a group of seven from the Bradford area, reported a long overdue group who had failed to turn up from their walk up Scafell Pike. Whilst the incident leader was gathering information from both the police and the informant, the group of seven turned up at Seathwaite in their taxi, having had to be driven all the way round from Wasdale head to Seathwaite (around 90 minutes)

Incident Type
Location Scafell Pike

Incident started at 14:30. Incident occured at NY21350 07839 (706m).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/2010-incident-42a/