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Climbers in Scotland

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:54 pm
by boxedin
Every year around this time there seems to be accidents around the Cairngorms and Nevis. Some seem to be underprepared /experienced some just unlucky with avalanches. Today a Bristol student sadly died. In the first three months of last year 2018 10 people died on Scotlands hills and mountains.

By comparison in the whole of the 2018 Everest season there were 6 fatalities ... her-record

Hats off to the volunteers who man the mountain rescue teams, not sure what can be done to make it safer

Re: Climbers in Scotland

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:06 pm
by Rorschach
Dangerous mountains with easy access, not a lot you can do really.

Re: Climbers in Scotland

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:59 pm
by kellys_eye
There are a number of dedicated Mountain Rescue Teams across Scotland - my F-in-Law was leader of the Cairngorm team for decades (got an MBE for his dedication - which pizzed me off, it should have been an OBE minimum) and all the teams rely heavily on voluntary contributions.

Mrs k_e and I do what we can for their dedicated fund campaigns and promote their work where we can. Plenty of people contribute but there comes a time when (despite their own protestations) the Mountain Rescue Teams should get .gov funding for some of the tasks they need to perform.

Believe it or not the helicopters that assist are 'voluntary' (via the RAF) but they refuse to attend to collect dead bodies meaning the teams have to man handle them off oftain dangerous terrain and in dangerous weather.

One item they could do with is a helicopter (or two) dedicated to the task of rescue (but also available for RTA's for example) the way many cities have them.

Visit the Mountain Rescue websites to see the current team and details of that they do:

^ admitted bias towards the CMRT but don't ignore the others up there.....