Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the western fells of the Lake District for over 50 years. We cover England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and respond to over one hundred calls for help each year. The team consists of approximately forty ‘professional volunteers’ who give their time to help those in need, whatever the weather, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information please read our about page. We rely on generous donations from the public to fund the team. Once a year, we recruit a new intake of probationary members.
The call came in for two women lost in the Cold fell area. They were cold, wet, totally lost but very apologetic. Following a phone find location and after a few conversations on the phone, a limited call out was initiated to find them. Most team members met up at an RV point on Cold fell and mobile 2 deployed as well as Jess. Whilst the team were walking to the location the mispers were advised to walk down hill with the beck on their left hand side to meet up with the team. A relay was used at Skalderskew…
Two walkers reported themselves lost to Cumbria Police in the Quagrigg Moss Area near Scafell. By using the PhoneFind function, the Team Leader was able to locate them quickly and then contact them by mobile, they were directed to walk towards Oliver Gill and then onto Burnmoor Tarn. A team was deployed, including our search dog Jess; they met the walkers just north of Burnmoor Tarn and walked them safely back to their cars.
Two walkers reported themselves to Cumbria Police as being lost in poor visibility near the summit of Sca Fell. By using the PhoneFind function, the Team Leader was able to locate them quickly and then contact them by mobile. After initially directing them to safer ground, team members were deployed to their immediate location and after intial warming and refuelling help them back down to the valley floor. Thank you to Cumbria Police and NWAS for there continued vigilance and support.
Three walkers reported themselves to Cumbria Police as being lost in poor visibility whilst descending off Scafell. By using the PhoneFind function, the Team Leader was able to locate them quickly. Two team members who were on the hill already were able to intercept them on their way back and escort them on the final leg back to their vehicle.
Three walkers reported themselves to Cumbria Police as being stuck on steep, loose scree, having missed the descent path of Great Gable. The team was able to locate the three and safely assist them off the difficult ground with the aid of ropes and then escorted them back to Wasdale.
A young female sustained a lower leg and ankle injury at Sty Head Tarn. Many of the team were already on the hill for a training exercise and thus were able to divert direct to the casualty site. The injury was treated on site and the casualty stretchered off the hill down to Seathwaite in Borrowdale. Keswick MRT was met by Wasdale MRT on the descent to take over the care of the casualty, many thanks to their support. Wasdale MRT then retraced their steps back to Wasdale; unfortunately the training was abandoned for the day.