…have criticised unprepared climbers and walkers, saying they are heading for a year of record call-outs. The Wasdale rescue team said it was “shocked” at how walkers lacked “basic” outdoor skills. In one week week the team dealt with six emergencies in 12 hours including 18 people stuck at the stream crossing on Lingmell Gill. So far this year the Wasdale team has handled 80 call-outs. This is more than it dealt with in the whole of last year. Spokesman Richard Warren said it was going to be another record year for emergencies.
Advice from the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team –
“We have been trying to reduce the numbers of avoidable incidents with little success,” he said. “The Lake District is again heading for a record year for call-outs and it is becoming quite shocking the level of ill preparedness and lack of basic outdoor skills necessary to safely get up a mountain. “We are all volunteers and there is a limit to what we can do.” He added: “We’ve had 80 ‘999’ calls since the start of the year, 20 of these in the first three weeks of August and at least 14 avoidable.” The team deals with calls to Scafell Pike, which is the highest mountain in England and the central peak in the popular Three Peaks Challenge.