109 in 2012
Straight Gill, Lingmell
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We were contacted by Police regarding a party of 4 men in their 20s who had become lost on the descent from Scafell Pike and were now stuck on a narrow ledge on steep ground. Initially it was difficult to contact the party and Keswick team who were also alerted managed to make contact and identify the group were likely in the Piers Gill area. We then mounted a full callout to find the group and evacuate them from the mountains. We were able to locate them high on the north fsace of Lingmell by the prominent gully of Straight Gill. They had climbed some way up the slope with the aid of a rope and it was difficult to access their location. Once on scene it was apparent that reliable belays were limited and a fixed rope system was established to make best use of the available anchors. We were able to get them off the crags using the rope system and then walked them down to Brackenclose before getting them back to our base. Incidient closed around 06:00 14 Wasdale team involved and 2 Keswick.

Incident started at 20:50 and ended at 06:30 making 9.7 hrs in total. There were 14 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 2105 0824 (altitude 680 m). Total rescuer hours: 136