Tributes have been paid to a Keswick-based climbing instructor who died following an incident while out on the fells.
Sam Pilcher, an instructor with Kong Adventure, was climbing with a friend when he was involved in the incident at Quayfoot Buttress in Borrowdale.
A post from Kong Adventure on Facebook said: “Sam joined our team in February 2020 and instantly brought enthusiasm, drive and passion to his job.
“He was exceptionally hard working and was extremely popular with all of our staff and customers and quickly bonded with all of those he taught.
“He recently set up the home-school group climbing sessions that were particularly well attended.”
Mr Pilcher had recently joined Ambleside/Langdale Mountain Rescue Team.
The post added: “Sam was passionate about helping out others who were vulnerable or were having difficulties in their life.
“Recently, he paired up with another of our instructors – Steve Chadwick – to climb 18 of the oldest routes in the Lake District in the footwear that was available at the time – Old Routes in Old Boots.
“Sam wanted to raise awareness and support the group Dewolf bushcraft which offers sanctuary and support for emergency service workers, NHS staff and veterans.
“Steve is going to continue this challenge as a tribute to Sam and is looking for climbing partners to hold his ropes.
“If anyone is interested in supporting this challenge in memory of Sam, please contact Steve at our centre.
“We would like to thank Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, his climbing partner Jamie and all of those involved in his rescue and for the superb care he received at Newcastle hospital.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Call Kong Adventure on 017687 75907 or email email@example.com