Incident Report #16 2018

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Sat, 24th February 2018, 11:29
A man fell on steep frozen ground, coming to rest after 100m metres or more. He sustained serious injuries including a shattered kneecap, and suspected fractured tibia and fibula and wrist. This was a prolonged rescue from a very difficult location, made more difficult by one of the helicopters that came to help suffering a mechanical problem while refuelling at Walney Island
Incident Report #16 2018
Man Hours: 
17 team members for 5.5 hours, plus Kendal MRT
Lat-Long: 
POINT(-3.1579 54.4402)
OS Grid Reference: 
NY250056
Unique Incident ID: 
3641
Safety Tip: 

Winter equipment

For many people, winter is the best time to be on the hills. A beautiful sunny, freezing day on ice and snow covered ground high in the hills can be one of the best days of your life. It goes with out saying that winter days are colder, shorter, and can be wetter. Snow and ice adds an extra dimension. When there is snow on the ground, an ice axe and crampons should be regarded as essential. You may not need them, but if you do, there is NO substitute.

 

Four season boots will keep your feet warm and dry, as well as provide a solid platform to fix the crampons. Put them on BEFORE you need them and take them off AFTER.. hopping on one foot on steep ground is not the time to try and put them on. Anti-balling plates, or a thin carrier bag fitted between boots and crampons will stop snow building up and freezing on to your feet! Ice axes are a personal choice, but if you're walking don't be lured in to thinking a climbing axe will be better. The steepness of the pick and curvature of the shaft will make it much less useful on anything but very steep ground. Carry the axe in your hand, or down your back between your rucsac straps where it is accessable as soon as you think you need it. It's NO use attached to the back of your rucsac.

 

Take buying advice from a reputable outdoor shop.