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.

Recent Rescues

Ennerdale – Mon 19th Oct 2020

The team were called by police for a couple who reported themselves lost having come down from Scafell Pike the wrong way. They had intended to go to Seathwaite, Borrowdale. Eastings and Northings from the 999 call put them in Ennerdale so the incident was transferred to Cockermouth team.

Eskdale – Sat 10th Oct 2020

The team were called about a walker who had failed to rendezvous with his friend at a car park in Eskdale, having split up an hour earlier on the way down from Scafell. The friend turned up before any action was taken.

Cross Walls, Wastwater – Sat 10th Oct 2020

A team member happened to be nearby when a male sustained an ankle injury. At that time an ambulance had been requested. He and another team member provided warmth, shelter and splinted the ankle. With help he was able to get into the family car to be taken to hospital and the ambulance was stood down.

Wasdale Head – Thu 8th Oct 2020

The police called out the team about a female that had an ankle injury 15 mins up from the green car park at Wasdale head. The call came into the police by a passing walker. It wasn’t possible to speak to the casualty by phone or pin point her location so a local team member was tasked to confirm the location as the rest of the team were mobilised. The casualty was just 15 mins up from the green car park and the team were quickly on scene. The lady was given mild pain killers and carried down by stretcher…

Scafell Pike – Sat 3rd Oct 2020

The final incident of the day was an alert from Cumbria Police at 18:50 about a walker missing from a group of 8 who had ascended Scafell Pike from Seathwaite. The party had split into a faster and a slower group on the descent, but one of the slower group had attempted to catch the other group up. When they all returned to Seathwaite, it was realized he was missing. The Team Leader passed ownership of this incident to Keswick MRT as they were in a better position to deal with it. The missing walker turned up safe and well…

Kirkfell – Sat 3rd Oct 2020

Whilst still returning from the previous incident the team were called by Cumbria Police who had received a 999 call from a party of 4 walkers lost in cloud on Kirk Fell. The coordinates from their phone put them very close to the summit of Kirk Fell. Once again no contact could be made with the lost party. RAF Leeming were asked to continue their traverse of Great Gable towards Beck Head and Kirk Fell summit, whilst the Wasdale team were turned round to begin the ascent of Kirk Fell nose and Black Sail pass. Shortly after starting this they…