131 in 2021
Middleboot Knotts, Scafell Pike

Two walkers found themselves lost whilst descending from the summit of Scafell Pike. Mobile phone reception was poor with only one of two mobiles working. However, a 999 call was able to be connected and initial contact was made by WMRT Team Leader.


The Team Leader was able to determine their initial location from the 999 call and the pair were directed back to the Corridor route path at the head of Piers Gill, where they were then encouraged to continue up to Lingmell Col.


Due to the subsequent lack of communications and the deteriorating weather conditions two small teams were deployed to intercept them on their descent. On arrival at Wasdale Head, lights were seen descending the North-West flanks of Lingmell, following the wall down towards Bracken Gill. Team members were able to meet up with these people and confirm they were the party in question and escort them safely back to the valley bottom.


Over the past few nights, the country has experienced some difficult weather conditions which have contributed to people ending up in some extremely hazardous situations. Please remember to prepare correctly, stay safe and enjoy the fells responsibly; see for more information on how to safely enjoy your day on the hill.

Incident started at 15:32 and ended at 19:43 making 4.2 hrs in total. There were 10 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 2127 0810. Total rescuer hours: 42