Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the western fells of the Lake District for over 50 years. We cover England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and respond to over one hundred calls for help each year. The team consists of approximately forty ‘professional volunteers’ who give their time to help those in need, whatever the weather, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information please read our about page. We rely on generous donations from the public to fund the team. Once a year, we recruit a new intake of probationary members.
We were called by Police about a family group who reported they’d become lost due to low cloud whilst descending Scafell Pike. Their position was determined to be on the wall at the top of Piers Gill using PhoneFind. They were given directions to start walking back up the wall towards Lingmell Col and team members went up the fell to meet them and help walk them down.
We were called by Police about a walker reported overdue from a trip up Scafell Pike after they became separated from their companion earlier in the afternoon. Team members checked pubs and spoke with the informant but later on the missing person turned up safe and well at the Wasdale Head Inn and we stood down.
We were called by Police about 2 walkers reported overdue from a trip up Scafell Pike. Whilst we were gathering details they phoned in to say they were safe & well and off the mountain and we stood down.
We were called by Police about a walker and dog who reported themselves stuck whilst walking on the Wasdale Screes. Their position was determined using PhoneFind. Team members on foot arrived and helped to get them to the shore where they were picked up in the team’s boat and taken back to the pump house.
We were called by Police about a walker who had slipped whilst descending to Broad Crag Col on the way up Scafell Pike injuring their ankle. A team member who was already on the fell went to the scene and assessed the injury. In view of the location high on Broad Crag assistance was called from the Coastguard Helicopter from Prestwick. The helicopter winch man provided pain relief and splinted the limb before winching abroad for the flight to hospital.
We were called by Police about reports of a walker struggling and exhausted. As we started to gather details we received further information to confirm the walker was now on the road and no longer needed assistance and we stood down.