The team was contact by Cumbria Police at 06:17 for a group of two who were reported overdue from their attempt at the 3 Peaks Challenge on Scafell Pike. The pair were dropped of near to the Wasdale head at around 23:18 on the 23/10/2011 and set out to do a “difficult route” up Scafell Pike. Their driver then made his way to Seathwaite to collect them at 04:30. He then called for help to say they had not turned up. The team leader gathered all of the information given and decided to wait a couple of hours after first light before taking any further action as these two missing persons were reported to be experienced and well equipped. At 07:30 one of the pair called to say they had made a navigational error and did not need our assistance as they were in a car driving to Seathwaite, having ended up in Eskdale. A well intention false alarm.
Note: It is vital to leave a detailed route plan with a driver or family member when heading out into the hills. There are many routes up and down Scafell Pike which the team would have to search.
Incident started at 06:22 and ended at 07:45 making 1.4 hrs in total. There was 1 Wasdale team member involved. Total rescuer hours: 1.4