Brown family fundraising

It was fantastic to meet up with Allan and Marie Brown recently at our base. Once again they had organised a fund raising event for the team, this time raising an amazing £4110.64 for us. Marie’s Dad, Les, enjoyed a look around the base and the control room, and Grandson Freddie proved himself to be a promising boat driver for us in the future. We are humbled and so very grateful for your ongoing support Read more…

Casualty fundraising

We were delighted yesterday to welcome Deborah Lovell and her family and friends who had kindly raised funds for the team. The team responded to Deborah’s call after she slipped at Black Sail Pass and broke her leg quite badly. Deborah’s mum June and the whole village in Wales where she comes from got together to raise money for the team as a thank you. We’re happy to report that Deborah’s leg is healing well Read more…

Fundraising at Egremont Farmers’ Market

We were fundraising at the Egremont in the Market Hall with lots of yummy treats. A MASSIVE thank you to all the generous people of Egremont and beyond for supporting us at the Fairtrade Farmer’s Market yesterday. It was a very busy morning and certainly kept us on our toes but our lovely volunteers who baked and served and sold merchandise and engaged with the visitors were thrilled with the result. We raised an awesome Read more…

A casualty’s story

Last week we had the pleasure of meeting up with Ben, a casualty from a serious and complex callout in Piers Gill in early March. It was fantastic to see him recovering well from his injuries. We’d like to thank again both of the visiting RAF Mountain Rescue teams and the crew of Coastguard helicopter Rescue 936 who all played a huge part in the rescue. A real team effort with a great outcome. BBC Read more…

Lake District Rescue

A new series following several Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams including Wasdale over last summer, airs on More 4 at 9pm on Sunday (7th). Produced by Summer Films for C4, the programme is the first in a series of four. All will be available for catch-up on All 4. Lake District Rescue Lake District Mountain Rescue teams have never been busier. Last year rescuers in Cumbria responded to over 600 call-outs – up mountains, on Read more…

Piers Gill – Something has changed.

Mountains by their very nature are inherently hazardous, and this is part of their attraction (at least for some). Piers Gill has always been an accident blackspot for the team and there is a long history of serious events and fatalities. However, the number of incidents of people walking down the gill bed (stream bed) from the Corridor Route on their descent from Scafell Pike has suddenly become more frequent, with four serious events recently: Read more…

Jamie fundraising for WMRT

Jamie recently contacted the team to say he is running the Manchester Marathon to raise funds for our team. Jamie is running in remembrance of Alex who was tragically, fatally injured after an accident on Scafell in July 2023 (WMRT incident 92 of 2023) Jamie, here at Wasdale MRT we remain extremely sorry for your loss but thank you enormously for your fundraising efforts If all our followers could click the link, read Jamie’s story,and, Read more…

MBE for Penny Kirby

Penny Kirby, Duty Team Leader of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been recognised in the New Years Honours. Penny is one of four Operational Duty Team Leaders within the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team with over 40 years voluntary service. Penny is also a highly experienced Lake District Search Dog Handler with a similar number of years voluntary service and has made many successful finds with her four previous search dogs and now Jess. In her Read more…

Fundraising in Egremont and Whitehaven

Members of the team were in Egremont on Saturday 16 December and in Whitehaven on Saturday 23 December for the annual fundraising event in the towns. It was great to talk to so many people and we were so grateful once again for the generosity and support shown to us. Huge thanks also to Lea Somerfield who bought a gift card from Greggs and allowed us a ‘free bar’ for coffees, and snacks. The weather Read more…

Lakeland Lights Company – Advent Calendar

Lakeland Lights Company are a small family team of candle makers based in Cleator Moor. This year they’ve developed their Wax Melt Advent Calendar with a search and rescue theme in honour of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team with £1 from every sale being donated to the cause. There are 24 different scented wax melts from their range of scents named after and inspired by their favourite Cumbrian and North Wales locations. If you’re wanting Read more…

Fell runner Finlay Wild

Team member Chad’s latest podcast – listen to this episode from Fell World on Spotify. This weeks guest is the brilliant Finlay Wild who doesn’t take much introducing to most fell runners. A gentleman and great to chat with from things like diet through to his favourite race. Finlay Wild on Fell World. – Fell World | Podcast on Spotify

Points of Light award for Penny Kirby

Huge congratulations to Penny for receiving the Points of Light award! https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/mountain-rescue-hero/ Mountain Rescue Hero 2179. Penny Kirby Penny Kirby, from Cumbria, has spent over 40 years rescuing hundreds of people who have encountered trouble on England’s highest mountain and across the Lake District. Penny is one of four leaders of ‘Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team’, which was established in 1968 to aid those needing help in Wasdale and Eskdale. Penny became involved with the rescue Read more…

Mountain Rescue England and Wales – Callouts 2019-2023

To commemorate the amazing work that everyone does in Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Ordnance Survey has created this data visualisation using call-out data from 2019-2023, showing the most common areas that Mountain Rescue attend to. Thank you to all team members who are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. #OSMaps #UKHikes #HikingKit #WinterHiking #AdventureSmart

Winter advice

We know we go on about carrying a head torch but it’s such an easy thing to do and can make a huge difference – especially as British Summer Time has ended and it gets darker much earlier. Please don’t rely on your phone as a torch – save some battery for the phone in case you need it in an emergency. #BeAdventureSmart