Cumbria Crack

Cragfast man rescued from Kilnshaw Chimney

[A]t 5.38am today, Tuesday 20 March Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called by Cumbria Police to go to the aid of a 20-year-old man who had become crag fast on snow and ice within Kilnshaw Chimney above the Kirkstone Pass.

A spokesman for Patterdale MRT said: “The team assembled above and below the stricken young man from Preston, in the chimney itself.

“A member of the team was lowered down to the chap who was then tied into the lowering system and lowered further down to safe ground.

“Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to remind the outdoor community that the fell tops are still in full winter condition and that Ice Axes and Crampons are essential kit, along with the ability to be able to use them.”

The rescue lasted three hours and was attended by nine Patterdale Mountain Rescue volunteers.

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