10 in 2010
Great End
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Call from the Police regarding a ‘999’ call from an informant climber who had observed a male solo climber, climbing Window Gully (140m classic winter route) on Great End. The solo climber had triggered an avalanche at the top of the climb and had not been seen. Keswick MRT were alerted, supported by Cockermouth MRT, SARDA Search dogs and 23 members of Wasdale MRT. In addition a Sea King helicopter attended from RN Gannett plus the air ambulance. Fortunately the climber (who was very experienced) had managed to scramble out of the avalanche and was unhurt. He was met at the bottom by a member of Keswick MRT and SARDA Search Dogs. Incident closed at 5.30 p.m.

Incident started at 14:16 and ended at 17:30 making 3.2 hrs in total. There were 23 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY22770 08512 (altitude 746 m). Total rescuer hours: 74