6 in 2004
Upper Eskdale

The police received a ‘999’ call from a mobile phone to raise the alarm for a 38 year old male walker who had collapsed exhausted on a walk involving Scafell Pike. The alarm was raised by his brother who had left the casualty in order to obtain a mobile phone signal higher up the mountain. He said he was in the area of Little Narrow Cove (south east side of Scafell Pike).A fast advance group set off up towards Great Moss, upper Eskdale from Taw House Farm while a larger back up group set off with the stretcher. When the two walkers were finally located, they were in fact a lot further up the valley than Little Narrow Cove. They were found at the bottom of the gulley which leads up, out of Eskdale’s Great Moss, into Esk Hause (where we had passed 12 hours earlier that day on the way to incident number 8).The casualty was given a full check up before being found to be fit enough to walk off. As the casualty party were heading for Borrowdale, they were escorted up the gulley to Esk Hause where Keswick team were mustered ready to walk them back down to their car in Borrowdale.The brothers had set off that morning to climb Scafell Pike, taken the wrong turn whilst descending and ended up in Great Moss. They had then set off back up to head for Esk Hause once they knew where they were. The cloud base was well down the fells.The incident was closed down around 2230 hrs. It is worth mentioning that the casualty location is probably the furthest point on the team’s patch for a carry down (around 4.5 miles).

Incident started at 16:05 and ended at 22:30 making 6.4 hrs in total.