Keswick Mountain Rescue Team | Sharp Edge, Blencathra (65)
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Sharp Edge, Blencathra (65)



Incident No: 65

Call Out Date: 28/07/2018

Callout Time: 11:38 am

Location: Sharp Edge, Blencathra

Agency Involved: Keswick MRT

Incident Details:

What a difference a day makes..... From the recent long heatwave to heavy showers and strong winds. Two lads decided it was a good idea to try Sharp Edge on this blustery and relatively cold day with heavy showers passing through. Their initial adventure went fine until the steeper upper part of the ridge where one of the lads became cragfast on steep and very slippery wet rock. The team raced up from Mousethwaite Comb and were on scene in around an hour. All this time the lad had been clinging to the rock dressed only in shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt, he was cold! The cragfast chap was harnessed and rope-assisted from above then short-roped up onto easier ground and the top of Blencathra. Both lads got away with what could have been a much more serious incident - a very good lesson learnt about possible conditions in the fells.

7 team members - 3 hours