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Scafell death: Man named

The man who fell 600ft to his death on Scafell mountain has been named as James Kirk Blackburn from West Yorkshire.

Mr Blackburn, from Great North Road in Darrington, died at around 10am on Monday (December 10th), after slipping on ice while climbing Lord Rake's Traverse.

The walking partner of Mr Blackburn, a 64-year-old man from Nottinghamshire, had to be rescued from the mountain after suffering from shock and the effects of the cold.

He was airlifted to West Cumberland Hospital for treatment, but later discharged.

Cumbria Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.


Safety advice for walkers

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team are advising walkers to take extra care when climbing in poor weather conditions, after a man fell to his death on Scafell mountain on Monday (December 10th).

They are advising walkers to:

  • Select a route and objective suitable for even the weakest party members
  • Get a weather forecast and consider its consequence on your plans
  • Leave a route card with your personal details, the intended route, your equipment and estimated time of arrival at your destination with someone responsible
  • Make sure you have warm windproof and waterproof clothing whatever the time of year, and wear good walking boots
  • Carry basic survival equipment, food and spare clothes for the time of year
  • Always carry a map, compass and torch and learn how to navigate before going onto the high fells

Mountain Rescue warn walkers

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team Credit: ITV Border

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team are warning walkers to take extra care, after a man fell 600ft to his death on Scafell on Monday (December 10th).

High fells are still in full winter conditions and they say ice axes and crampons are essential, especially when climbing north facing gullies.

Scafell and Scafell Pike are popular Cumbrian walking spots Credit: ITV Border

They're also advising climbers to ensure they have good knowledge of the area, and that a map, torch and compass are imperative in poor conditions.

Climber fell 600ft down Cumbrian mountain

A climber has died after falling around 600ft down Scafell mountain in Cumbria.

Two men from outside Cumbria were walking across the Lord's Rake traverse path, when one of them slipped on frozen snow and ice, falling around 200 metres.

His walking partner climbed down a short distance, before getting into difficulties and becoming stranded.

Seventeen members of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team attended the scene along with an RAF search and rescue helicopter.

The stranded walker was winched to safety by the helicopter team, and helped with the recovery of his walking partner, who died as a result of his injuries.