The eight women got lost coming down Ingleborough

The eight women got lost coming down Ingleborough

A rescue team has urged charity challenge organisers to take greater care of those taking part, after a group of eight walkers had to be brought to safety.

The group of women were taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Saturday when they got lost in the dark on Ingleborough.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was called out about 9.30pm when the walkers reported themselves lost while coming down the 723m (2,372ft) fell. The Clapham-based team said the women could give only rudimentary information about their location.

A team spokesperson said: “The team was unable to re-contact them, so two small parties were sent to check likely locations. The group was located at South House Farm, Selside, and had been reliant on smartphone apps for navigation and illumination.”

The walkers were then transported back to Horton in Ribblesdale.

The spokesperson added: “It’s time organisers of major charity walks took some responsibility for ensuring that people raising money on their behalf are properly equipped and sufficiently skilled in the use of map and compass in what is for many of these people a completely unknown environment.

“This may ‘only’ be the Three Yorkshire Peaks, but it is still a mountain environment. People have and will probably continue to die as a result of poor choices or medical emergencies.

“Please, know how to use a map and compass, always carry an effective headlamp – and spare, ideally – and don’t rely on smartphones. At best they are a useful accompaniment to the proper tools.”

The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge walk involves summiting Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a circular route of 39km (24 miles) in 12 hours or less.

  • grough received the following message from Phil James of the CRO, which we are happy to add to the story. Mr James has also posted a similar entry in the comments section below: “Following the debrief regarding this incident which you reported on, it has come to light that I was given misleading information by a member of the team who attended.

“Accordingly I have issued an apology by way of the comments section, but would be grateful if you would forward my comment to the individuals concerned, who commented as ‘three peaks numpties’, if that is at all possible.

“The message regarding preparedness of groups involved in large organised walks is still relevant , but obviously not in connection to this incident.

“My apologies for causing a rumpus where none was needed.”

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