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Rescue may emphasise change of seasons

Posted 15 September 2010
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A Mountain rescue team in the Lake District sprang to the aid of a group of walkers who became trapped by a swollen stream when climbing England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members had to wade waist-high through the swollen waters of Lingmell Gill as heavy rain left the four climbers stranded as they descended from the summit.

Equipped with ropes and protective equipment, the team managed to help the group to cross and get down into the valley.

Such an incident may serve as a reminder to those heading outdoors that as summer turns to autumn, the weather conditions are likely to worsen.

Waterproof jackets and fleeces may be wise items to invest in as the days get wetter, windier, colder and shorter.

However, even the best-equipped walkers and climbers can sometimes need help from Mountain Rescue, such as Alan Hinkes, the first Briton to climb the world's 14 mountains over 8,000 metres.

He needed assistance after being caught in a Lake District avalanche last winter and recently climbed all 39 historic English county tops in a record short time of eight days to raise funds for Mountain Rescue.

Posted by Dan Mirza

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