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Broad Crag – Wed 17th May 2006 – Callout 17 in 2006

A party of three staying in Eskdale drove to Borrowdale in order to walk up Scafell Pike. Initial callout information suggested they were lost on Scafell Pike. Incorrect GPS information revised this, suggesting they were near the plateau on Ill Crag. Actual location was near Broad Crag.First call was at 4.30 p.m. where advice was given to get them from where they were onto the nearest path however they struggled to follow the given instructions. Full callout was at 5.00 p.m. The forecast was for deteriorating conditions, heavy rain and strong winds, this was accurate. They did not reach the summit of Scafell Pike and were unable to navigate of the plateau despite having a GPS and map. It transpired that the GPS was on the default setting, this gives an error of 400~ meters. They were found on the north side of Broad Crag at 8.20 p.m. ( a lucky find given the weather and information) fed and watered as they had not taken food on the hill. They were walked off to Wasdale and transported back to Eskdale.Incident closed at 00.00 hours with22 team members involved including around 12 attending at the Base as back up if the incident demanded more numbers on the fell.

Incident Type
Location Broad Crag

Incident started at 17:00 and ended at 00:00 making 7 hrs in total. There were 22 Wasdale team members involved. Total man hours: 154

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