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Climber dies on Scafell

A climber has died in the popular walking spot of Scafell in Cumbria. Police say the man, who was walking with a companion fell around 600 feet on Lord Rake's Traverse after slipping on frozen snow and ice.

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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

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