49 in 2005
Scafell Pike

The team leader was called by Workington Police regarding a group of 3 peakers who were lost on the Pike. Their initial information was:-

  1. no injuries involved
  2. the weather had turned bad
  3. it was dark and cloudy
  4. they didn’t have food or drinks
  5. they didn’t have adequate waterproofs

Initially they couldn’t be re-contacted on their mobile phone so a message was left. When the group eventually got back they gave an eight figure map reference and an accurate altitude on the fell. i.e. they had a GPS as well as a mobile phone. The location they gave put them overlooking Piers Gill, near Lingmell Col and the wall. They were told to find the wall again and which direction to walk in, in order to locate the main Brown Tongue path. This was important, as one of the group was waiting for them at the path split in Hollowstones. There were a number of further phone conversations, particularly as the group missed the Brown Tongue path and ended up coming down Lingmel Nose. They were all confirmed to be safe and off the hill at 9:00 hrs, when the Police log was closed.

Incident started at 06:00 and ended at 09:00 making 3 hrs in total.