Rescuers short-rope one of the campers from the mountain. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers short-rope one of the campers from the mountain. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two campers were rescued after getting into difficulties on a Lake District mountain.

The couple spent the night close to the summit of Grisedale Pike but then found themselves in cloud and could not find their descent route.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 11.40am on Tuesday.

A team spokesperson said: “After a short off-piste attempt into the snowy north-eastern bowl, they decided it would be safer to call 999 and ask for mountain rescue assistance. The team deployed two vehicles with a few other team members going direct.

“The team were able to approach using the forest tracks in Whinlatter before continuing on foot up the Sleet How ridge.

“The pair were quickly found, harnessed and helmeted then short-roped back to the main path from where they were accompanied back to their car above Braithwaite.”

The callout lasted just over 3¾ hours and involved 16 Keswick MRT volunteers.

Rescuers aid the two forest walkers to safety. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers aid the two forest walkers to safety. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two walkers who were rescued earlier in the week pledged to raise funds for the team by selling cakes.

The young couple had gone for a night-time walk using their headtorches in Whinlatter Forest on Sunday but got lost in the woodland.

The spokesperson said: “They eventually called for assistance and PhoneFind confirmed their position as just south of Lord’s Seat.”

Team members were called out shortly before 9pm. The spokesperson said: “The team Sprinter was able to drive close to their location and after a short walk the couple’s headtorch was spotted and they were found just off the path.

“Somewhat embarrassed by their predicament, they said they were going to bake and sell cakes in order to make a donation to the team. We’re just glad they’re OK and that they made the decision to call for help.”

Seven team members were involved in the two-hour callout.

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