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Hellvellyn trekking goes under the hammer on eBay

Two men who climb one of the Lake District's highest peaks every day to record the weather conditions have come up with a new way of raising funds for their work.

They have launched an internet auction site, where people can bid to join them for a day - so if you've ever fancied working with the Fell Top Assessors, now's your chance.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

"This is an opportunity for the public to get involved"

A chance to walk up Helvellyn with the Lake District National Park's Fell Top Assessors is being auctioned on the internet site ebay.

Some walks are available to buy, while the chance to write your report on the Weatherline website is also up for grabs to the highest bidder.

Organisers are hoping to raise money to help pay for the website for most of the year.

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Bid for the Helvellyn experience on eBay

Helvellyn is one of the Lake District's beauty spots Credit: ITV News

People are being offered the chance to bid to walk up Helvellyn with the Lake District National Park's Fell Top Assessors.

Jason Taylor is a Fell Top Assessor at Helvellyn Credit: ITV News
The fell-top assessors walk the mountain every day to check the conditions Credit: ITV News
Weather conditions are checked and recorded before being put online. Credit: ITV News
The weather conditions may surprise visitors to the area, as snow can still be found. Credit: ITV News
A view across Helvellyn Credit: ITV News
Alpine conditions still exist above the 800 metres point on the mountain Credit: ITV News

Fell-top walk up Helvellyn goes under the hammer

The chance to walk up Helvellyn with the Lake District National Park's Fell Top Assessors is being auctioned on the internet site eBay.

The nine walks that were available to buy have now been sold while the chance to write your report on the Weatherline website is up for the highest bidder.

It costs around £11,000 to run the site each year and the National Park thinks it should be funding, rather than relying on public money.

It is hoped the sales will fund the website for most of the year.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team called to assist climbers

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to an incident yesterday after a man fell on Helvellyn.

A 49-year-old man and his friend, both from Cheshire, fell 100 meters down a snow gully while climbing Swirral Edge.

One man was uninjured but the other had head, neck and back injuries.

A mountain rescue team from Coniston came across the pair and called emergency services after making an initial evaluation of their injuries.

Married couple fall from Helvellyn's Swirral Edge

A married couple are recovering in hospital after falling 130 metres from Swirral Edge, Helvellyn in to Brown Cove.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to the couples aid after another walker watched the man fall and then the woman shortly afterwards.

"Police received a second 999 call from the woman who had fallen; she had been trying to reach her husband who was the first casualty.

At the time of the incident a number Team members had just finished training and made their way by Landrover to Kepple Cove and then on foot to the scene of the incident. A RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was dispatched and the Great North Air Ambulance was requested."

– Spokesman, Patterdale MRT

Both casualties were taken by the RAF Sea King helicopter to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

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Busy winter ahead for Cumbria's mountain men

Climbing Helvellyn, or any other mountain in the lake district, is not an easy task but imagine having to do it every day.

Well that's the task facing two men who's job it is to climb the fell every day for the next few months to record weather conditions.

As Fiona Marley Paterson reports - it's an essential part of keeping walkers and climbers safe over the winter.

Mountain men's weather reports 'much used and valued'

Two men who climb Helvellyn to record weather conditions are providing a 'vital' service for those climbing and walking in the area.

Jon Bennett and Jason Taylor will make the trip everyday from December to Easter.

About 15 million people read their reports on the Weatherline website.

Head of Lake District National Park visitor services Adam Thomas said their reports were vital:

“We can’t over estimate its value. We have some of the world’s most spectacular mountains and keeping those venturing on them as safe as possible is paramount. For our communities and farmers, it’s also a much used and valued service. Assessors’ reports are combined with Met Office mountain forecasts to give the fullest possible picture. We get incredible feedback from grateful users, especially those looking for great days out in breathtakingly beautiful places."

– Adam Thomas, Head of Lake District National Park visitor services

For more information on how to stay safe in the fells visit the Weatherline website.

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