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.
On Saturday afternoon the Team was asked by Cumbria Police to assist with a car stuck on Hardknott Pass due to ice. A small Team attended the incident and confirmed that the party were safe and well.
The Team assisted with an incident on Wasdale Screes.
The team was called at 17:47 hrs by Cumbria Police for a pair of walkers lost in the dark on Great Gable. Their position was established by phonefind to be at the bad step on the New Styhead Path. After a few words of advice from the team leader over the phone, they were able to continue the descent to Wasdale Head. A limited callout was made to meet them as their torch battery had expired and they were only left with the lights on their phones.
The team responded with a Limited Callout to reports of 3 walkers who had become lost after summiting Scafell Pike. They were located in the area of Upper Eskdale and walked back down to the roadside by Wasdale Team Members before being driven back round to Wasdale to their car.
After attending the Remembrance Day Memorial on Great Gable, the team were called to reports of a walker with a fractured wrist on the main path below Scafell Pike. Our Casualty Carers assessed and treated the casualty on scene before they were stretchered down to a waiting ambulance.
The team responded with a Limited Callout to reports of three walkers who were unable to find the main path down off Scafell Pike. Weather conditions and visibility on the summit were challenging. The walkers were located sheltering on the summit by WMRT members and walked back down to Brackenclose carpark.