The police received a ‘999’ call from three walkers who had set off from Ben Nevis on the Saturday and eventually got to Wasdale Head at 3.00 am, slept in their car until 7.30 am then set out to climb Scafell Pike. They became lost on the summit plateau in cloud that was down to the top of brown tongue. They were not wearing particularly suitable clothing and were wet and cold. Around 18 team members made their way back up Scafell Pike, the second ascent in 12 hours to finally locate them on their way down to Lingmel Col. They had made contact with another fell walkers who had pointed them in the right direction. The team had taken up sufficient warm dry clothing to look after them if they had been is a poor way however they managed to walk back down, escorted by the team. The incident was closed by early afternoon. It is unknown whether they had continued onto Snowdon to complete their challenge.
Incident started at 10:50 and ended at 14:00 making 3.2 hrs in total. There were 18 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 58