144 in 2023
Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
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We were called by Cumbria Police about two walkers who had lost their way on the descent from Scafell Pike. Unfortunately they had mis-navigated and become crag fast on steep ground around Straight Gill above Piers Gill.
Once the location was determined an immediate callout was made, knowing the severe hazards of the area. Duddon MRT was also asked to stand by in case furter resource was needed. After a muggy ascent via Lingmell nose and Lingmell Col, the advance team got close enough to hear shouts. They were then fortunately able to make their way carefully to the walkers’ position from below. A rope system was established to secure the walkers and then perform controlled lowers back to safe ground. They group then made their way back to Wasdale valley and the team returned to base to reset the vehicles.
Unfortunately many items of crag kit totalling several hundred pounds were sacrificed and left in situ to minimise the risks to team members, similar to another crag callout several weeks ago.
Edit: Huge thanks for all the donations- we are very thankful

Incident started at 19:36 and ended at 03:12 making 7.6 hrs in total. There were 13 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY210082. Total rescuer hours: 99