Apprentices Donate

2nd year apprentices from Energus made a donation of £351.58 to the team last month. Each year they select 3 charities to raise funds for, which they have been doing for the last 4 years. The cheque was presented by Abigail Elsworth, she was one of a 8 apprentices who got involved with the charity work this year,

Lords Rake Update

The perched block at the top of Lords Rake has fragmented and is now in bits close to where it was stuck. There are some loose boulders where it was standing. The largest bit looks to be fairly well bedded into the scree. The rake itself is just as loose as ever.

New Base Funding

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (WMRT) has today been informed that its application to the Copeland Community Fund for a significant proportion of the cost towards a new base for WMRT has been successful. It has taken a significant amount of work to achieve this funding, from team members and a number of personnel external to the team. Without this support, dedication, by all involved the funding application would not have been successful. So WMRT would Read more…

Sad News

The team’s only remaining search dog, Ollie, died recently after a short illness. He was 9 years old. For at least the last 35 years the team has always had one or more search dogs, and between them, they have attended hundreds of searches in the team’s patch, Wasdale and Eskdale, as well as the rest of the Lake District, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northern and Southern Scotland, including the air disaster at Lockerbie. The dogs were Read more…

Lingmell Dash 2015 – Saturday 25th July

British Championship Race From Wasdale Head Inn to the summit of Lingmell (and back) Entry lists updated with Race Numbers 17th July. Because of the sensitivity towards large Sporting events in the Wasdale Valley, we have limited the total number of runners to 350. Ladies race commences at 1:00 pm Mens race commences at 2.30 pm As usual, the race is a fundraising event in aid of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. The entry fee is Read more…

Thank You !

Thank you to all those who have donated to the team following the safe return of Adam Nolan’s dog Jasper. It is heart-warming to know that this level of support for the team is out there and we are very humbled with the level of funds that have been donated. This comes at a fortuitous time because the team is seeking to build a new base, which could cost up to £500,000 and we anticipate Read more…

We are looking to build a new base!

After nearly 50 years in the village of Gosforth, Wasdale MRT is looking to move to a purpose-built facility close to the village. The current building is a converted forge and is restrictive in terms of space and functionality. It also relies on the goodwill of local residents and the local pub for parking and access. The new base will give the space for an increasing membership who now have more equipment such as swift Read more…

Mike Greene

MBE for Mike Greene

In the New Year honours, Mike Greene has been awarded an MBE for services to health and to the community in Whitehaven. On behalf of the team I would like to pass our congratulations onto him for all he has done for us in the team, the wider regional and national MR community and elsewhere. It is a great achievement.

Congratulations John and Sue !

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members John and Sue Noake both recently completed their 40 years’ service in the team. The team is one of the busiest in the Lake District and they are pictured outside the team’s headquarters in Gosforth, Cumbria. Aside from being an absolutely magnificent achievement this is believed to be unique within mountain rescue to have a husband and wife both serve the community for this long. It has been a huge Read more…

Mountain Conditions in Wasdale during the Easter Holidays

The recent snow, coupled with strong winds has generated some almost unique winter conditions on the fells around Wasdale. It is rare to have so much snow as the Easter holidays approach. For the experienced this offers some intriguing opportunities for challenging mountaineering objectives, however, there are also hazards and it is important to consider these before venturing above the snow line. Many will be familiar with the need to carry an ice axe and Read more…

Supporters in York raise £284.81 in bag packing at Iceland

Yesterday three of our supporters in York collected £281.81p bag packing at Iceland (Iceland the store – not in Iceland the country). Tremendous effort by the team of three led by Carol Gaines. Thanks to Carol, Jean and Antonio. Also to Rob the Store manager who has said he is happy to let them raise money for our team on other occsaions in the future. In ddition, a gentleman visiting the store donated a very Read more…

Whitehaven School Fundraising CD

Whitehaven School music department have produced a CD Featuring music from four pupils. Priced at £4 per CD it is available from Mrs Fitzsimons in the Music Department. All proceeds to Wasdale Mountain Rescue and The Ryan Smith Rising Sun Trust. 4 tracks including: Traffic Trapped Honeysuckle How Strong Am I? To buy your copy please contact sfitzsimons@whitehaven.cumbria.sch.uk