- Call out for year: 24
- Date: 20/05/21
- Time: 1:26 pm
- Grid ref: SK 10340 88320
- Type of incident: Walker Search Overdue(2)
- Team members involved: 10
- Time taken: 4 hours 42 minutes
- Total man hours: 47 hours
As they were crossing the Kinder Plateau two walkers, on day 11 of a 500 mile walk from Gretna to London in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action, sensibly made a 999 call to Derbyshire Constabulary to request help from Mountain Rescue. The mixture of poor visibility, wind, rain, and cold temperatures had made their progress both slow and difficult over the top of the plateau and their physical condition was deteriorating.
The Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation – PDMRO Duty Controller was able to locate their position using phone find technology. Two Buxton MRT sections were deployed onto the hill, one up via Grindsbrook and one to go over Grindslow Knoll. Conditions on the plateau surface were as unpleasant as expected given the recent weather but the walkers were found at the location the phone had established. They had erected their tent to provide some shelter, but the soft and soggy peat, coupled with the wind meant the tent was only providing a minimum of shelter.
After warming up with extra clothing, hot drinks, and some food they were both able to walk with team members off the hill and back down to the safety of Edale Village.
On the walk down they chatted about their experiences during the 170 miles of the walk completed so far, and their motives for supporting Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
We wish them well over the coming weeks as they complete the remainder of this tremendous journey and work towards their fundraising target. We will be watching the walkers’ progress on their social media pages.