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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Tue 24th Oct 2006 – Alert

Team were paged by the police to help a man and woman who had become lost on their decent from Scafell Pike. The couple had set off earlier in the day with their dog from Brackenclose to climb the Pike. They ascended by Mickledore and went over the top and down to Broad Crag Col. They then turned left down towards Lingmell Col but got themselves lost in the bowl around the head of Piers Gill (now our number one accident / incident black spot). They called ‘999’ on their mobile and spoke to the leader of the day who established their location as under Lingmel Crag on the Lingmel side of Piers Gill. To descend further along this route is unwise unless very familiar with the area. It can lead the unaware walker to the dangerous corner of Piers Gill. The cloud was down and visibility was poor. They were talked off the mountain back up to Lingmell Col and down to Brackenclose. Once safely out of the cloud the incident was closed at 5.53 p.m.. Not recorded as an incident [but as a 48 (b)] as team members did not officially

Incident Type
Location Piers Gill, Scafell Pike

Incident started at 17:08 and ended at 17:53 making 0.8 hrs in total. There was 1 Wasdale team member involved. Total man hours: 0.8

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