Dow Crag

Incident 41 of 2022
19/09/22, 15.02, Dow Crag, SD263978
It was a clear Autumn afternoon when a small walking party on the top of Dow Crag had a problem. One of the party’s rucksacks was knocked over the edge of the crag by someone’s dog, and a man scrambled down to retrieve it. He reached it, but then fell and became cragfast with a knee injury. Cumbria Police called us to help, and we despatched all three of our Land Rovers – one of which then returned to base to pick up more members since a Dow Crag rescue can need a large team and lots of kit.
Having located the casualty on the crag, we set up anchors at the top and lowered one of our climbers down to him with a spare climbing harness. We needed 97 metres of rope to reach him. We were able to raise them up to the top of the crag using a 3:1 pulley system with our new clutches.
The casualty was assessed, given pain relief and treated for leg abrasions, but was able to walk with us down to his party’s car.
19 volunteer members attended for 5 hours and 20 minutes.