CALLOUT last night at 19:18 to assist a female with suspected broken ankle on the North West slopes of the Cobbler. Police Scotland came to assist as did #rescue199 however the weather prevented the helicopter accessing the casualty so a controlled stretcher slide and carry down the hill was required to reach the waiting ambulance.
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Thanks to Eddie and Mark for the photos.
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Tribute to Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has thanked mountain rescue teams for the hard work being done by their volunteers across the country.
Mr Matheson said: “In the last week volunteer teams have assisted stranded motorists, emergency services and essential workers, as the recent snow has caused considerable disruption around the country.
“But, since December, teams have also been involved in a number of challenging search and rescues, assisting those in trouble in Scotland’s mountains, in heavy snow and strong winds, maximising survival chances and saving lives. As a former mountain rescue volunteer, I have seen the conditions they face first hand and am particularly grateful for their efforts this winter.
“I want to take this opportunity to remind anyone considering walking, climbing or taking part in any other activities in the mountains and hills, at any time of the year, to take proper care and follow best available advice, so that the lives of our dedicated volunteers are not put at risk unnecessarily.”
Although we are entering Spring, currently, conditions are such that anyone without an extremely high skill set, detailed knowledge of the terrain, and all the necessary equipment, should not even consider venturing out. To ignore best advice, and to set off regardless, can unwittingly put our dedicated volunteers lives at risk.
Scotland’s weather can be challenging, and very changeable, especially on high ground. However, mountain safety experts stress that simple precautions and good equipment can greatly reduce the risks of misadventure and accident. Top mountain safety tips include:
Check the weather forecast and avalanche information service, and change your plans if necessary. Relevant information can be obtained from Scottish Avalanche Information Service at sais.gov.uk, the Met Office and Mountain Weather Information Service
Leave a note with details of your route and when you expect to return
Have an alternative plan in case weather conditions worsen
Have all the appropriate equipment, including ice axe and crampons if conditions demand it.
Carry a compass and map and know how to use it. Don’t rely on GPS
Attend a winter mountaineering course to brush up on your skills
Read up about the risk of avalanche and how to spot the warning signs
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Sunday we had a joint training with Skye MRT. We met up at the Sligachan MR post and went up onto Sgurr a Bastier to do a stretcher lower down a gully line. With 15 of us and the same from Skye we weren't short handed. It was a cold wind at the top and everyone were glad to get into the shelter of the steep ground. We arranged a multi pitch lower down the gully doing a couple fo changeovers on the way down. Great day, thanks to Chris and Neil and all the Skye boys and girls ...
The majority or the team were training away last week-end with a visit to Skye. The cold dry weather continued and a variety of things were done. Saturday was a personal day with different groups doing ascents of ice climbs on Blaven, Hills were walked and scrambled and big pointy Skye hills climbed. The snow conditions on Skye are superb at the moment with roadside ice and rock hard snow on the big hills. ...
A short callout this afternoon to assist a walker who had fallen on Cruachan and injured himself. Fortunately he came across some other walkers who assisted him down to the Dam where they were met by our team, an ambulance from #Scottishambulanceservice, and #policescotland. The party were escorted off the hill and casualty taken to a waiting #HMCoastguard helicopter for onward transfer to hospital. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery. ...