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Group lost in dark on mountain

Posted 26 October 2011
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Group lost in dark on mountain
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The message to those who like to go walking to take torches onto the fells may have been lost on a group who got lost on an expedition to England's highest mountain yesterday (October 25th).

Just a day after issuing a reminder to walkers to be prepared for earlier sunset times as this coming weekend sees the clocks go back, the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team was called up to Scafell Pike after a group claimed to be lost on Glaramara.

However, they were in fact on the other side of the Scafell Pike in Upper Eskdale, where the party was eventually found and brought down with help from the Duddon and Furness team.

Ironically, leader of The Wasdale Team Richard Warren was being interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria about the issue of torches when the callout came.

He told outdoor magazine Grough: "How do we get the message across? Perhaps your readers can add comments and suggestions."

Upper Eskdale is a remote area that offers the longest ascent to - or descent from - Scafell Pike, with a long hike across Great Moss from Brotherilkeld Farm before a steep climb via Mickeldore.