Scott Pilling knows how treacherous the snow conditions can be at the top of the third highest mountain in England. Then again, it's one of the thrills of mountain climbing, and he loved it every minute of being up there. But he wasn't worried about his own well-being. He was worried about something, or rather, someone else who seemed to be in distress. Everything was all fine and dandy until the mountain climber noticed two dogs trapped on a peak full of snow. The lives of the pooches were in jeopardy, but then he decided to do something that turned Scott into a hero.
It seemed like two dogs were trapped way up on the 3,117-ft high mountain. Upon further inspection, he saw that the pooches were under a ledge. Now he had to figure out how to save them from the chilly conditions.
Colette had been out walking with Lilah and Cash on an otherwise uneventful Sunday when she had become separated from the pooches in the Lake District during a whiteout. Soon enough, she started placing posts, hoping someone had seen her pets.
He planned to return home to Horich, Lancs, on Tuesday morning. But first, he had a very important mission. But given the weather conditions, he hoped the dogs, who had gone missing for 48 hours, had survived the chilly, snow-filled weather.
Scott was on the Swirral Edge exit on hard ice when he had spotted the dogs by chance when the fog started to lift right on time. Lilah and Cash were under a large corniced ridge on the east facing side of the slope.
The strangers, who were walking by, helped him to drop over the top of the snowy edge on a rope in order to reach the dogs. He was practically dangling thousands of feet but was absolutely fearless and filled with determination.
Lilah, on the other hand, resisted being rescued at first. In fact, it took Scott five attempts with the help of the strangers to bring Lilah back to safety. But in the end, the dogs were safe, and Scott was deemed a hero.
While he had a 20-meter rope to use in case he found them in the valley below, he wasn't expecting to try a rescue attempt from underneath the mountain cornice. It didn't help that the bigger dog was shielding the smaller one from the cold weather.
Despite being kept warm by the larger dog, the smaller dog had icicles throughout its fur. The tiny pooch was chilly, but with a bit of rubbing and some TLC, the dog seemingly bounced back and started roaming around everywhere.
She also met three off-duty firemen, who reunited her with Lilah and Cash. Colette only spoke on the phone with Scott but told him that he was a guardian angel to her dogs and a hero in her eyes, and she'd never be able to thank him enough.