We were contacted by Cumbria Police at around 19:15 regarding a couple lost on Scafell Pike. The Team Leader contacted the pair from Scotland to try and establish their whereabouts. They had left the Old Dungeon Ghyll in the morning, climbed Scafell Pike and then on the return the cloud come down. After some discussion we established that they had taken a wrong turn at Esk Hause and walked down towards Sty Head Tarn. During the conversation they said that they had walked passed a Stretcher Box (Sty Head). Unfortunately the pair had set off with out a torch, we mounted a limited call and two team members walked up to Sty Head and walked them back to Wasdale. We arranged a taxi for the pair to take them back to Langdale which cost them £110!!!
During this time of year the nights are getting lighter, however, we would always recommend that you carry a torch at all times when out and about in the hills. Being fully in control of your situation at all times is very important. This was an avoidable call out which could have been avoided if torches had been carried.
Incident started at 19:44 and ended at 23:00 making 3.3 hrs in total. There were 4 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 21963 09555 (altitude 469 m). Total rescuer hours: 13