- Call out for year: 8
- Date: 15/02/12
- Time: 6:10 pm
- Grid ref: SK 093 879
- Type of incident: Walker Search benighted(1)
- Team members involved: 27
- Time taken: 4 hours
- Total man hours: 108 hrs
On Wednesday night, 27 members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, together with two search dogs, began a 4 hour operation to locate and recover a walker benighted on Kinder Scout.
The 33 year old male from Cambridge had called for assistance when it was clear that he wasn’t going to make it off the hill in daylight. He had set off from Edale Village in the morning, embarking on a lengthy route taking in a large part of the Edale Watershed. Returning towards Edale on the Old Pennine Way route across Kinder he became lost.
We were able to speak directly to him via cell phone. He was well equipped for a days walk but not for a night out in near zero temperatures on Kinder Scout. Many of the peat groughs were ice bound and he reported the visibility at his location at about 10 metres. Fortunately he was carrying a GPS device which enabled him to give us a grid reference of his position, which placed him south of Crowden Head.
Team personnel and 2 search and rescue dogs were deployed onto Kinder Scout and the lost walker was located by a search dog and a team section. He was checked on site by the section and found to be fit and well, but cold.
The lost walker was walked off via the Crowden Brook shoulder to Upperbooth, collected in team transport and returned to Edale Village.