I generally hesitate to publicly call people complete numpties, but this incident: -
cannot be put down to anything other than complete and utter brainlessness !!!!!!!!
I accept that people can sometimes get things wrong, and that people can have accidents, and that people have varying degrees of experience.
But what level of idiot do you have to be, to think that you can walk up to the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, when: -
You've never been there before.
It's gone three o'clock in the afternoon before you start walking.
You have no map or compass.
The clocks have just gone back.
It will be fully dark within three hours.
You have no proper headlamp or torch available.
It beggars belief that the volunteers of the MRT's have to put up with this sort of nonsense, and that such utter numpties can get away with just a verbal ticking off.
In relation to the above incident, I've just seen this, posted in the comments section of the article in question, by Richard Warren of Wasdale MRT: -
It relates to this separate incident: -
You don't need to be able to read between the lines with regard to Mr Warren's statement to understand the increasing frustration that he, and no doubt all of the volunteer members of our Mountain Rescue Teams are feeling about the never ending stream of avoidable call outs.
Something radical needs to be done, and it needs to be done quickly.
The MRT volunteers should not have to continually give up their time, often putting themselves at risk of harm, for ever increasing numbers of ill-equipped people who don't have the skills or the common sense to realise that mountains can be dangerous places.