Call from Workington Police at 1700 hrs regarding a report of two "elderly gentlemen" who were unlikely to be able to walk down without mountain rescue assistance. The Police didn’t have an accurate description of the location but knew it was somewhere in the vicinity of the Burnmoor Tarn path, from Wasdale. We found the two men (in their seventies and from the Derby area) part way up the path to Ill Ghyll Head (approx. 250 meters). One of the men was just too exhausted to continue and was carried by stretcher back to the Fell and Rock Climbing Club (FRCC) hut at Brackenclose, where he was revived with warmth, food and drinks. The other gentleman was able to walk with little assistance. There were around 25 team members called out (including 3 at the rescue base). The team had planned a night navigation exercise in that part of the fells anyway that night, followed by a tatti pot supper at the Burnmoor Inn. As it was, we did the call out and still got back in time to make sure the tattie pot didn’t go to waste.
Incident started at 17:00. There were 25 Wasdale team members involved.