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Accident Black Spots

The Wasdale and Eskdale valleys hold a number of areas where the team regularly has to attend incidents. These are not just black spots where walkers and climbers come to physical harm but also where the team has to go and search for missing persons.

The incident / callout pages of this website are probably …

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Preparation For Going Into The Fells

Before you leave home.

  • Register with emergencySMS  This enables you to contact the emergency services via text.  A text message might get out from a location with a very poor mobile signal.
  • Buy the appropriate OS Map (OL 6 for Wasdale), download the digital version that comes with the map and also download the

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River Levels

The Environment agency has a number of gauging stations with data updated online twice a day (or more often when levels rise). The three links below show rivers flowing from the western Lakes. The Calder is the quickest to rise and fall, following a similar pattern to many mountain becks. Remember weather is often …

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The A to I of Mountain First Aid

By: Mr. Mike Greene FRCS FFAEM, Consultant Accident & Emergency Medicine

  • A — Assess

    Assess the accident site.

    Assess the safety of the casualty, other party members and yourself.

    Assess the cause of the accident – it will provide clues to the injuries sustained.

  • A — Approach with care

    Do not cause …

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The Easiest Way Up Scafell Pike (and Down Again!)

Frequently Asked Questions about Climbing Scafell Pike

Since the popularity of this page has risen I have had to stop responding to individual requests for information. I hope that the information below will help people plan their ascent of Scafell Pike.

It is important to note that there are always risks associated with hill walking, …

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Wastwater with its beautiful reflections is an inspiration for many that visit. It is famously known as England’s deepest and cleanest lake however Wastwater is also an internationally important water body. The reasons for this include:

  • Its nutrient poor (Oligotrophic) status
  • The presence of Arctic char

And because of these special qualities it …

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Weather Forecasts

The weather can change suddenly in the mountains. Forecasts are never 100% accurate and are often wrong, particularly with respect to the timing of weather events. We recommend checking the forecast whilst planning your trip and then again as late as possible before heading into the fells. With smartphones it is even possible to check …

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