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Mountain bikes 'should have torches' in winter rides

Posted 22 February 2011
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Mountain bikes 'should have torches' in winter rides
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A pair of riders on mountain bikes have realised they should have had torches with them for an ambitious undertaking in the Lake District that ended up in a mountain rescue call.

Such an acknowledgement was recorded by the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team as it set out to help two bikers who had got into difficulty as dark fell during an attempted crossing of the Nan Bield Pass between Kentmere and Mardale.

The pair had managed to find a stone shelter once they ran into trouble, but "they were the first to admit, however, that their route had been over-ambitious and that they should have been carrying torches", the Mountain Rescue website entry said.

People taking on a mountain pass in winter conditions may also want to add some warm clothes to their cycling gear to ensure they are prepared for all eventualities.

The Nan Bield pass can also be used as a means of descending into the Mardale or Kentmere valleys from the High Street range, with the ground sloping down to the col past Mardale Ill Bell.