Request from Police to attend an incident on Napes Needle – male reported cragfast. Limited callout made but whilst making their way up the fell, the elderly male walker was rescued by two climbers who were climbing Needle Ridge at the time. The cragfast walker had ascended the gulley, failed to bear left onto the dress circle and was stuck on the crag 45m above safe ground. The climbers went back down for him and lowered him back down the crag on a climbing rope. Although rescued by the climbers the appearance of the Wasdale team at the bottom of the mountain was very reassuring to the two climbers effecting the rescue (this information has been provided by the climbers as the team were stood down as soon as the crag fast walker was off the Napes)Climbers own account of rescue here
Incident started at 14:38. Incident occured at NY 20957 10022 (altitude 724 m).