Kinder Scout Plateau

  • Call out for year: 65
  • Date: 5/09/17
  • Time: 5:45 pm
  • Grid ref: SK 077 897
  • Type of incident: Walker Search lost (self report)(1)
  • Team members involved: 18
  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Total man hours: 54

Incident report

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team called out as part of the four team Kinder Scout Search Pre-plan at 7.45 p.m. Tuesday 5th September.

A solo male walker had reported himself lost on Kinder whilst walking between Edale and Snake Summit on the Pennine Way.  There had been significant low cloud on the plateau for most of the day making navigation difficult for those without adequate local knowledge.  With the threat of darkness looming the man decided to call for help.  Fortunately the man happened to be in one of the few locations on the moor which had mobile-phone signal coverage.  Following conversations between the lost person and the rescue Duty Controller it was considered most likely that he man would be on the Northern Edges of the plateau.  However, without evidence of his position, the full Kinder Search Plan was activated.

Buxton, Kinder, Glossop and Edale mountain rescue teams together with three Peak District search and rescue dogs were deployed from various starting points around the high moor.  The man was known to be wearing waterproof clothing but had no torch or whistle with him.  As the search progressed the cloud began to lift and around 9.25 p.m. the man was located by Glossop Team members near to Boxing Glove Stones on the Northern Edges.  Following a brief assessment he was guided to the Snake Road.

Photo credit:  BMRT.  There are no streetlamps on Kinder.  When it goes dark it really does go dark! 

Map, compass, torch & whistle on every trip! 

 

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