The walkers could not find a safe way off Harrison Stickle

The walkers could not find a safe way off Harrison Stickle

Two walkers were rescued after getting stuck on steep ground on the Langdale Pikes.

The pair called for help yesterday after they got into difficulties on the summit of Harrison Stickle.

The walkers were unable to find a safe way off the 736m (2,415ft) peak in poor visibility.

Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 3.20pm and team members initially gave the pair directions to find a safe way off the mountain.

A small group of volunteers also set off to meet them, as impending darkness meant they would run out of daylight and had no torches.

A team spokesperson said: “Before they could be located they missed the path again, becoming cragfast on steep ground, with darkness adding to the poor visibility.

“They were eventually located and evacuated to safe ground. By this time, hypothermia and additional medical problems were kicking in, adding an extra dimension to the evacuation.

“The pair were eventually removed to the valley and taken back to their guest house in Ambleside, the medical condition having been brought under control. With the possibility of a difficult stretcher carry on the cards, Kendal MRT was called to assist.”

The five-hour rescue involved 12 Langdale Ambleside MRT volunteers along with members of the Kendal team.

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