Date of Incident

30/04/2013

Country

England

Route

Incident

We were a small party. One of us accidentally dislodged a large boulder on the scree slope off Great Gable just by stepping on it. The boulder accelerated at a shocking speed and narrowly missed one of the same party. I am convinced if it had hit the participant they would have been killed. It was a wake up call on just how dangerous scree descents can be if you are below other walkers.

Lessons

The dangers of scree slopes particularly where there are large loose boulders.

Activity

Summer walking

When

Descending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

No call out needed