13 in 2023
Scafell Pike
Other Agencies
The team was called by Cumbria Police about two walkers who had lost the path on the summit plateau and became disoriented in the mist and rain. They were wet and extremely cold due to the significant wind chill and damp conditions and also had minor injuries from some slips and trips trying to find the path.
The Team Leader made a full callout, as in the worst case at least one stretcher carry was needed. In addition a ‘talk and walk-off’ was not possible due to a poor mobile signal. Additional resources were once again requested and supplied by Duddon and Furness MRT. An advance party arrived on scene with additional warm clothing and encouragement, and fortunately the two walkers were able to recover enough to gingerly start to walk off the hill. This then helped to warm them further and with the assistance and further encouragement from other arriving team members, the two walkers managed to walk off the fell to safety.
This good outcome was enabled by their good clothing and particularly their use of survival blankets that they had in their packs. We hope that the walkers recover well. A huge note of thanks once again to Duddon and Furness MRT for their support.
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Ask yourself three questions before you set off:
1. Do I have the right GEAR ?
2. Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
3. Am I confident that I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?

Incident started at 22:15 and ended at 04:25 making 6.2 hrs in total. There were 10 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY216073. Total rescuer hours: 62