Death on Sharpe Edge...

  Quickbeam 09:14 30 Aug 08
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Would you take a 6 year old on this walk here click here It's a great walk, but to take a 6 year old?

  anskyber 10:03 30 Aug 08

No. Certainly not on the sort of day it was here in Cumbria, the rocks would have been damp and characteristically very slippery indeed.

Notwithstanding the questionable wisdom of the decision we should remember that there has been a death and respect the situation.

Julia Bradbury and here excellent Wainwright series which included Blencathra (Saddleback to many here) did offer words of caution about this route. Perhaps there is room for stronger advice given what seems to have been an increase in fatalities on the majoy climbs in the fells and the obvious lack of preparation by some.

  spuds 16:48 30 Aug 08

Even on bright clear days, rescue teams are called out, and in some cases its not the inexperienced who require help.Cardiac problems are one of the main concerns.

Going on a point mentioned by anskyber and the Julia Bradbury Wainwright walks. I recall once when this lady met a very young and competent young boy, who regular undertook these walks. On that particular 'tv interview' day, the weather conditions had just commenced to deteriorate, but the boy was extremely knowledgeable as to possible events and safety. He and his father had been doing the walks for years, in which case he would have commenced fell or mountain walking at age 6 or perhaps below!.

Regarding wet and slippery conditions, you only need to look at caving or speleology as a sport, and many people of different age groups do that, every week or day of the year.

  Chegs ®™ 17:35 30 Aug 08

The cumbrian fells are regularly frequented by inexperienced people who dont realise just how dangerous a situation they put themselves(and then their rescuers)in when venturing off walking without the proper equipment.Julian Carradice(a member of the mountain rescue service)has articles printed regularly in our local paper detailing the high incidence of people attempting such as the Three Peaks Challenge that think all they need in the event of problems is a mobile phone.A mobile phone frequently cannot be used as there's no signal,and should not be used as it often is to call the mountain rescue services for directions.In this tragic incident,I am led to believe they were well equiped which highlights that it is still no guarantee of avoiding trouble.

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