‘Active’ Lee dies climbing mountain

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A CLIMBER who died after getting lost while trying to scale England’s highest mountain was a teenager from Derbyshire.

Nineteen-year-old Lee Jones, from Matlock, was attempting to climb Scafell Pike in Cumbria with a friend.

Friends of Lee said he was active and enjoyed weightlifting and running. He had taken up climbing in the past year.

Tom Blood, 19, of Matlock, said: “Lee was a loyal and hard-working guy.

“He was someone you could rely on. He was in shape and active.

“He liked getting stuck into things. It’s awful this has happened.”

Another friend Josh Moody, 20, also of Matlock, said: “Lee and I played football together for the Matlock Devils for five years and spent three years together at Matlock Athletics Club. We travelled the world doing that, going to Ireland and Italy. Those are some of my fondest memories of him.

“He was an adventurous and outgoing person. He was very much into his fitness and going to the gym. There was nothing he couldn’t do.”

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team team leader Penny Kirby said about 60 rescuers were involved in the search operation at its height.

She stressed the teenager and his friend had been properly equipped for the conditions and had compasses. “But it’s dangerous territory,” she said.