50 in 2023
Slight Side, Scafell
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In the fourth and last callout of the day, two walkers found themselves on steep ground on the Eskdale side of Slight Side. With little or no mobile signal and some potentially dangerous steep ground to negotiate to get to safety, the walkers were asked to stay put and the team were called out to locate and escort the walkers out. After a long walk in, with teams both above and below the walkers, they were successfully located and helped down into Upper Eskdale. The walkers were then escorted off and brought back to base to pick up a taxi to their intended location at Wasdale Head.
With the first callout of the day starting at 03:43 and the last team members leaving base at about 06:00 the next day it proved to be a long day at the ‘office’. All four callouts were due to walkers losing their way in the mist, so it’s worth another reminder that the right knowledge, skills and gear are needed to navigate on the high fells in misty weather.
#BeAdventureSmart and make a good day better.
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 21:23 and ended at 06:00 making 8.6 hrs in total. There were 17 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 212053. Total rescuer hours: 146