Wasdale and Duddon & Furness MRT had a special visit at our base yesterday from the Brown family, who presented us with two very generous donations. They have been fundraising in the memory and celebration of their loved one, Chris Brown, who sadly lost his life earlier this year whilst out in the fells. They have raised a significant amount for the teams involved, with over £19k going to good causes already, and they wish Read more…

Be Adventure Smart

Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off: Do I have the right gear? Do I know what the weather will be like? Am I confident I have the knowledge & skills for the day? After the success of the Adventure Smart Wales website it has been extended to add the lakes.  See below for more information

Lingmell Dash Fell Race 2019

The annual Lingmell Dash takes place on 27th July at 14:30.  All proceeds to the team. Category: AS Distance: 7.2km / 4.5m Climb: 762m / 2500ft Venue: Wasdale Head Inn carpark, CA20 1EX. Grid ref: NY187088 Skills & experience: ER, LK, NS Minimum age: 16 https://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=6525

New base entered into the Local Authority Building Control Awards Scheme. 

Wasdale MRT’s new base has been entered into the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards Scheme. The good news is has reached the final, in two categories: Best Small Commercial Project and Best Public Service Building. The award night is Friday 5 July 2019 and both the Team and our principle Contractor Roland Hill LTD, will represented More information can be found at:  http://www.rolandhills.co.uk/  and https://www.labc.co.uk/awards

Cotswold Outdoors donates reusable bottles

Wasdale MRT has taken the decision to move away from single use plastic water bottles for environmental and cost implications. Huge thanks to Cotswold Outdoors for supplying all team members will a reusable water bottle we will now be taking genuine tap water on the hills! We even have spare bottles (thanks again to Cotswold Outdoors) so that there will also be a supply in the team vehicles, much needed on the the way back to Read more…

The team attended Drigg Gala

Thank you to the communities of Drigg and Carlton whom invited us too their Gala today. Its a great opportunity to attend these type of events as we get to meet new people and answer questions to give a better understanding on what we do. Its also a great way to recruit new team members and inspire the budding young mountaineers whom will replace us in future when we become to old and knackered 😀 https://www.facebook.com/driggevents/

Review of Rescues in 2018 & Over the Past 15 Years

After the record year in 2017, 2018 was a comparatively quiet year in terms of incidents, although with a number of more serious incidents it didn’t necessarily feel like a quiet year. This review considers the 2018 statistics, both for the year as a whole and in the wider context of the past 15 years. In total 1603 incidents are included in the analysis. The presentation of data and definitions used is the same as Read more…

50th Anniversary Book – Mountain Rescue In Wasdale

A book has been pulled together to celebrate the first 50 years of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (WMRT). All funds raised from the sales of the publication will be used to fund the future operation of the team. Fifty years is a long time and this publication would not have been possible without the contributions of many people to tell the story of the team. The book describes the early years and the development of Read more…

WMRT is 50 years old today

Wasdale MRT has been assisting people in the western fells for 50 years, since its formation on 1 October 1968, and was formed from the Wyndham Search Team. It is now one of twelve teams in the Lake District Search and Rescue Association (LDSAMRA). To celebrate this anniversary, the team has published a book in full colour 256 page format detailing the history of mountain rescue in the Wasdale area and the development of the Read more…

New Base Official Opening

On Saturday 16th September, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team’s purpose-designed new base was officially opened by the legendary fell-runner and Team Vice-President, Jos Naylor MBE. You can watch the video here https://vimeo.com/290675469/6f7d35f9d3 The base, which is near Gosforth in Copeland has cost £643,000 and has taken several years to achieve. It was made possible after an allocation from the Copeland Community Fund (CCF) of £218,000, funding from the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association (LDSAMRA) Rescue Read more…

New Base Operational!

This week has seen the new base become operational after several years of planning and a huge amount of work from a dedicated group of team members who worked tirelessly in surmounting many challenges. This is a magnificent achievement from everyone involved and we thank you all. On day one of becoming operational, the first callout was successfully run from the new base. The base will be officially opened by Jos Naylor MBE on Saturday Read more…

New Base Progress – May 2018

Yesterday Wasdale MRT accepted handover of their purpose-built new base from principal contractor Roland Hill Ltd. Some fitting out and testing of communications by the team is required prior to going operational in July. Thank you to all in the community who have supported this project and are instrumental in achieving this important milestone. Here are some pictures.  

New Base Progress – April 2018

April has seen the building nearing completion. Progress continues with plastering, painting, cabling, fitting of doors, doorframes, stairs and the myriad of jobs to make the base useable.  The kitchen is in the final stages of fit out. The radio mast has been fitted with aerial and cabling. Early in April, the vehicles were parked in their locations to help with the final fit out of racking and positioning of the emergency generator in the Read more…

New Base Progress – March 2018

March has seen a huge amount progress with plaster boarding, cabling, plastering, the laying of the concrete floor, the commissioning of the garage doors and the ground source heat pump. The kitchen has been fitted out as have both bath rooms and the communications installation is in progress.  

Lingell Dash Fell Race 2018

The annual Lingmell Dash takes place on 28th July at 14:30.  All proceeds to the team. Category: AS Distance: 7.2km / 4.5m Climb: 762m / 2500ft Venue: Wasdale Head Inn carpark, CA20 1EX. Grid ref: NY187088 Skills & experience: ER, LK, NS Minimum age: 16 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5790    

Wasdale MRT Receive donation from Blengdale Runners

Members of Wasdale MRT were invited along to the Blengdale Runners AGM to receive a £400 donation from the proceeds of last year’s 2 road races. Each year Blengdale Runners, also based in Gosforth, host a 10 mile run in June and a 10km in September.  All money raised is donated to local charities in the surrounding area.  The races have been organised for almost 30 years now and Wasdale MRT have provided a tail Read more…

BBC’s The One Show – Thursday 25th January at 7pm

If you are interested to see what Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team gets up to there is a 5 minute edited piece that will be going out this coming Thursday 25th evening (show starts 7.00 pm on BBC1). The show focuses on the high numbers of callouts and additional signage for England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. We have been told that it will air unless something major happens in the UK for it to be rescheduled…….here’s Read more…