Crampons are essential for anyone heading for the high fells

Crampons are essential for anyone heading for the high fells

Mountain rescuers warned walkers the Lake District fells are in full winter condition and anyone heading for the mountains should have an ice-axe and crampons.

The warning followed an incident in which a group of walkers helped a woman from Dollywagon Pike after she was unable to carry on after slipping on ice.

Both Patterdale and Keswick Mountain Rescue Teams were called out to help the walker about 2.55pm today.

A Patterdale team spokesperson said: “Although uninjured the woman and her husband were unable to continue due to the conditions underfoot and their lack of equipment.

“Two team members who had just come off the fell started to make their way up Grisedale valley to assist the couple when the call came in from the police saying that experienced, well equipped passers-by had come to the aid of the couple in their predicament.

“Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to remind people that currently the high fells are in full winter condition and ice-axe and crampons are required.”

The Keswick team had earlier been called to help a man who collapsed on his way up Helvellyn from the western side.

The 68-year-old man was thought initially to be suffering from a diabetic episode but he was later diagnosed to have possibly had a stroke.

Rescuers were alerted about 10.25am today and six of its volunteers went to the scene near Browncove Crags in support of an ambulance paramedic who is also a team member.

A second team vehicle was sent, with a doctor and paramedic.

A team spokesperson said: “Once his condition was established, the Great North Air Ambulance was tasked, and it was able to land about 200m from the casualty site.

“The team then transported the casualty to the aircraft, and he was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment. The team brought the gentleman’s dog off the fell, and this was later retrieved by family members.”

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