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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 the best indicators and worth a visit but this page aims to focus on those where the team spends most of it’s time. The black spots link back to specific incidents. If you as a walker or climber got into difficulty in a particular area but managed to get yourself down under your own steam then we would be pleased to hear about it. Please remember that the Team’s website exists to highlight the role of mountain rescue, the risks on the hills and as such, aims to help people like yourself and your friends enjoy the mountains safely.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.wmrt.org.uk/advice/accident-black-spots/

Broad Stand

Broad Stand – There is no easy route direct from Scafell to Scafell Pike!

Broad Stand is the series of rock steps and slabs which link  Scafell to Mickledore on Scafell Pike. It has been described as a scramble but has moves of rock climbing difficulty above large drops and an unforgiving landing – in the event of a fall.  The rock is often slippy and in winter can …

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Piers Gill

Piers Gill – Scafell Pike


Piers Gill is the deep cut gill which the Corridor Route crosses 200m after leaving Lingmell Col on the descent from the Pike. Piers Gill, itself, is a ‘canyon’ descent with several short pitches and one longer one; do not attempt to walk down the bed of the stream!!

There is a path on …

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The National Three Peaks

The national 3 peaks challenge is an attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon in 24 hours. Many thousands of people complete the challenge each year but it also leads to a significant number of mountain rescue calls, many of which could be considered avoidable. This article is intended to publicise and potentially …

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Screes Incident Locations

Wasdale Screes

The Wasdale Screes are an area of unstable, loose boulders on the far (east) bank of Wast Water, underneath Illgill Head and Whin Rigg. GR NY 144 038 to NY165 058.

Walking around Wast Water can be a pleasant outing for those prepared for the screes but there have been many incidents in this area …

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