A climbing instructor from Cumbria has died in a “tragic freak accident”.

Sam Pilcher was climbing Quayfoot Buttress in Borrowdale with a friend Thursday afternoon (May 27) when he suffered a “lead fall from an ascent”.

The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said Mr Pilcher suffered “very serious injuries” and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

In a statement on Facebook yesterday (June 1), Kong Adventure Keswick confirmed that Mr. Pilcher, who recently joined the Ambleside and Langdale Mountain Rescue Team, died last week from his injuries.

The entry read: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our instructors lost his life last week.

“Sam Pilcher was out climbing with a friend when he had a tragic accident at Quayfoot Buttress in Borrowdale.

“Sam joined our team in February 2020 and immediately brought enthusiasm, drive and passion to his job. He was exceptionally hard-working and extremely popular with all of our employees and customers and quickly connected with everyone he taught particularly well attended home school group climbing courses.

“Sam had also recently joined the Ambleside / Langdale Mountain Rescue Team and was excited and looking forward to helping out on many rescues.

“Sam was passionate about helping others who were vulnerable or who had difficulties in their lives.

“He recently teamed up with another of our instructors – Steve Chadwick – to climb 18 of the oldest routes in the Lake District in the shoes then available – ‘Old Routes in Old Boots’.

“Sam wanted to raise awareness and support the Dewolf Bushcraft group, which provides refuge and support to ambulance workers, NHS workers and veterans.

“Steve will continue this challenge as a tribute to Sam and is looking for climbing partners who hold his ropes. If anyone is interested in supporting this challenge in memory of Sam, please contact Steve at our center.

“We would like to thank the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, his climbing partner Jamie and everyone involved in his rescue and for the excellent care at Newcastle Hospital.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called to Quayfoot Buttress on May 27th

The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called to Quayfoot Buttress at around 1:30 p.m. on May 27 after a member of the public witnessed Mr Pilcher’s fall in the parking lot below.

A spokesman said: “The team reacted quickly with two vehicles going downhill.

“Once at the rock, a small team climbed to the top of the rock to perform a rope rescue and lower one of the team’s paramedics down to the injured person.

“The team paramedic then attached the injured person to himself and our ropes for lowering at a reception party for team members and paramedics who performed and assessed an initial treatment.

“The casualty was then carried to a waiting ambulance in the parking lot before being transferred to the GNAAS air ambulance for onward transport to the RVI hospital in Newcastle.

“Many thanks to the Coast Guard helicopter, which, due to the nature and severity of the incident, was called in when a winch evacuation was necessary.”

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