'Shocking': Lake District mountain rescue team slams ill-equipped winter walkers

A LAKE District mountain rescue team has described as 'shocking' the number of walkers heading out without basic equipment for winter conditions.

Although it has been a relatively quiet weekend for Cumbria's teams, Wasdale Mountain Rescue took to social media to urge outdoor lovers to be responsible.

It made a plea to those taking advantage of the stunning Lakeland scenery to go prepared.

Writing on its Facebook page this evening, the team said the fells were in 'full winter condition'.

They continued: "It is essential that you carry an ice axe and crampons and be able to use them if you venture out (along with all other essential gear).

"Can't believe how many people that were on Scafell Pike today without even basic equipment. Shocking!"

For winter advice, visit http://www.wmrt.org.uk/2012/12/winter-conditions-advice-from-the-met-office/

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11:03am Mon 18 Feb 13

colandvanfull says...

a few years back whilst waking the fells i came across this old man running like the wind dressed in tee shirt and trainers, i though he was stupid running up there with nothing else,
later that day in a pub i found out he was a local man called joss ithink!
he had ran the fells all his life,
i suppose the moral is know your limitations before setting off,
a few years back whilst waking the fells i came across this old man running like the wind dressed in tee shirt and trainers, i though he was stupid running up there with nothing else, later that day in a pub i found out he was a local man called joss ithink! he had ran the fells all his life, i suppose the moral is know your limitations before setting off, colandvanfull

3:39pm Mon 18 Feb 13

hogheaven says...

There are no pills for stupidity,people do not consider the risks anymore they know that there is someone on the end of the phone who will rescue them.But if they had to pay for being rescued...........!!
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There are no pills for stupidity,people do not consider the risks anymore they know that there is someone on the end of the phone who will rescue them.But if they had to pay for being rescued...........!! ! hogheaven

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