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

Scafell Pike – Thu 29th Apr 2021

The team leader was alerted by the police of two people lost in a sudden snow squall when descending Scafell Pike. After eventually speaking to one of the couple the weather had cleared and they were instructed to stay on the footpath back to Brackenclose.

Corridor Route, Scafell Pike – Sun 25th Apr 2021

We were alerted by Cumbria police to say 2 walkers had become lost on their descent from Scafell Pike and light was fading. Phonefind put them at the Corridor Route/Greta Gill junction, a group of team members who had originally been on their way to the previous incident on Great Gable, went to this location and escorted them back to Wasdale, where they took a taxi back to Seathwaite.

Napes, Great Gable – Sun 25th Apr 2021

We were alerted by Cumbria police to say 2 walkers had become stuck on their descent from Great Gable. Because of the location, a full team callout was initiated as roped access and egress may have been necessary. While the team were en route, a message was received to say that a walker, who fortuitously had the summer Mountain Leader qualification, had come across them and was prepared to stay with them for a while. Later another message was received to say they would move across the scree slope they were on to a footpath which meant that the rescue…

Kirkfell – Sat 24th Apr 2021

We were alerted by Cumbria police following reports of a dog barking and whining for some time. We decided to investigate because, as well as a dog possibly in distress, there may have been someone injured nearby. A few team members attended and met a member of the public who had located and retrieved the dog, which had apparently been missing for a couple of days. There was no sign of anyone injured thankfully.

Corridor Route, Scafell Pike – Fri 16th Apr 2021

Cumbria Police alerted the Team Leader about a party of 3 lost. After a bit of research and the use of Phone Find it was established that they were on the bad step on the Corridor Route after summitting Scafell Pike, they were trying to get back to Seathwaite. Another group passing by met up with them, the team leader established that they were competent to escort the lost party back. A call was received later that night to confirm they were safely off the hill.

Fell End, Eskdale – Thu 15th Apr 2021

Cumbria Police alerted the Team Leader of a gentleman with a suspected broken ankle on steep ground above the Eskdale Outward Bound centre. The team was quickly dispatched to the scene where the patient was given pain relief, splinted and carried down by stretcher to an ambulance. We would like to wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.