Wasdale mountain rescue team slam 'inexperienced' Scafell Pike walkers (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Wasdale mountain rescue team slam 'inexperienced' Scafell Pike walkers
10:34am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
WALKERS have been criticised after their 'inexperience' led to a six hour overnight rescue on England's highest mountain.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team received a 999 call from Cumbria Police at around 8.30pm on Saturday night from a pair of walkers in their 20’s who reported themselves as lost and stuck on large rocks on the summit of Scafell Pike.
Their location was established by the team leader as being on a rocky path within 100m of the summit.
They were very lightly equipped, had no spare clothing, no map or compass but did have torches, said a team spokesman.
"They had ‘gone on ahead’ of the father and friend on the way to the top and became lost. The father had the only map and compass in the group," he added.
"The team leader encouraged them to make their way to the top and find some helpful walkers but they were unwilling to move as their 'legs had seized up'."
Four team members plus one team member already on the mountain were called to assist.
The spokesman continued: "The father and friend were descending via Lingmel Col and were quickly located by the team member on the fell.
"The father was not willing to re-ascend to assist in locating his daughter and friend even though their location was now accurately known by the team leader and they were safe on a path although cold and wet."
The team brought the pair back down to the valley bottom at around 2.30am where the father was asleep in his car.
"Inexperience, lack of equipment, insufficient preparation, inability to get themselves out of trouble, not staying together as a group and a less than helpful group leader – another avoidable rescue to add to the many the volunteer teams are having to deal with," added the team leader.
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