Call from Workington Police at about 2.40 pm, regarding a single female walker who was apparently lost on Scafell Pike. She had rung for assistance from her mobile phone and was probably parked in Langdale but that’s all we knew at that stage. The Team Leader made attempts to call her mobile number but didn’t get a proper conversation until about 3.15pm. At that point, we were able to establish that she was on the summit and although she did have a map and compass, she was having difficulty navigating in very poor weather conditions. Ten members of the Wasdale Team were deployed to provide assistance and she was duly located and escorted to Wasdale Head. She turned out to be 28 yrs old and living in the London. She was cold and wet but otherwise unhurt. Weather conditions on the summit were truly appalling, with verystrong winds and driving, cold rain/sleet. Visibility was down to only a couple of meters.She was taken back to our Base at Gosforth before getting a taxi to take her back to Langdale. We were all back at Gosforth at about 8.00 pm.
Incident started at 14:40 and ended at 20:00 making 5.3 hrs in total. There were 10 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 53