We were called by Police to help a couple who’d become stuck on a ledge between the main Scafell Pike descent path and Pikes crag due to difficult ground and hard snow and were unsure where to go next. The couple was located using their phone, then team members who were already on the fell made their way to the location. Once on scene it was possible to help the couple get onto safer ground using a short rope and cutting steps with ice axes.
Please note that the snow high on Scafell Pike is firm at the moment. Winter boots, axe and crampons are advisable.
Incident started at 13:00 and ended at 16:30 making 3.5 hrs in total. There were 10 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 20969 07538 (altitude 782 m). Total rescuer hours: 35