"Carol had to leave me several times"
The following is a copy of an article written for a journal following an incident on the Piers Gill path. This is one of the more interesting routes up Scafell Pike which involves a 30 metre rock step and is very exposed in places. The casualty fell on the path just below the rock step. I have included a couple of photographs of the route and the photographs which accompanied the article. The other photographs were taken a week before the incident preparation for a full day practice (using a helicopter) scheduled for 19 May in the same area. It is a notorious area for accidents so the team were keen to practice a casualty evacuation from the Gill.
also see more recent rescue 26/10/07 here
|Team members waiting to be picked up off the fell|
|Stretcher ready for evacuation|
|Piers Gill looking northeast down the Gill - rock step to the right out of picture. Gill drop 70 metres vertically to the stream bed on left. (the following photos were taken the week before the accident)|
|Rock step - 10 metre scramble down to the path below. Incident took place just after this rock step on the descent from Scafell Pike.|
|Piers Gill 90 degree bend in centre of photo. Lingmell Crags to the left. 70 metre vertical drop into the gill - Styhead Pass path in the distance below Gable Crags|
|Start of Lingmel Crags on left|
|Lingmel Crags which rise above Piers Gill|
|Looking up Piers Gill from the 90 degree bend towards Scafell Pike, the highest ground in the distance. Entry into Piers Gill (to be discouraged) is in the centre of the photo just offset to left slightly where there is a scree.|
|Looking back (north west) towards Lingmell and the dark chasm of piers Gill to the centre right of photo. Photograph taken from Broad Crag Col, 15 minutes from the summit of Scafell Pike.|
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