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Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Walkers' vehicles hamper rescue
Cars parked in Wasdale
Vehicles were parked on both sides of the road
Mountain rescuers are concerned that vehicles used by walkers attempting the three peaks challenge are causing problems on Lake District roads.

The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team said it was hampered by parked vehicles on its return from an incident on Sunday.

The team was called out when a three peak challenger became separated from his companions in heavy rain and low cloud near the summit of Scafell Pike.

A number of other walkers attempting the challenge also needed assistance.

Highest mountain

The team had significant difficulty getting the rescue vehicles back down the valley due to the severe congestion on the road from three peaks challengers' vehicles parked up.

Thousands of people attempt the three peaks challenge during the summer, climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in England - each the highest mountain in its respective country.

It has grown more popular in recent years, sparking criticism from conservation bodies and local residents who complain of an increase in traffic.

Rescue teams were also concerned about the number of walkers who were ill-equipped for the challenge.

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