38 in 2008
Corridor Route, Scafell Pike
Other Agencies

Team leader was called by the owner of the Wasdale Head Inn regarding two males in their 30s who had been reported longoverdue from a walk onto Scafell. We had limited information about them but knew they were ill prepared (one in shorts and without full waterproof clothing) and that they’d last been seen at about 12.30pm heading in the direction of Scafell. The weather conditions were atrocious. At 11.00 p.m. the team leader called out the team to locate them. At one point during the night we finally managed to establish some communication with the missing group through their mobile phone. We were then able to establish that no-one was injured but the clues they could give to assist with locating them were difficult to interpret. The reported that they had been on the summit of the Pike then made their way onto Scafell – 8 Wasdale team members and the Duddon & Furness team carried out search patterns but they were unable to locate anyone in either Eskdale or on Scafell. They were eventually located on the Piers Gill path (well away from Scafell) at around 5:00 hrs – they had descended from Scafell Pike into Eskdale via Cam Spout, then had climbed back up Scafell Pike via Little Narrow Cove and descended to the corridor route and finally down the side of Piers Gill path (established this after finding them and asking questions about their journey).

Incident started at 21:00 and ended at 05:00 making 8 hrs in total. Incident occured at NY21470 08547 (altitude 435 m).