In recent years the Mountain Rescue service has seen a huge increase in people taking to the hills ill prepared, ill equipped and without basic navigational and map reading skills. Mountain rescue teams in the busier areas are frequently being called to attend two or three incidents in the same day.
Earlier last year, Cicerone produced a safety leaflet in conjunction with Mountain Rescue covering the Lake District and Scotland, and recently we’ve produced a general leaflet covering the UK. The aim of leaflet is to help inexperienced hillwalkers and tourists to be more prepared and aware while in the hills, and reduce the number of largely unnecessary call-outs.
Judy Whiteside of the Mountain Rescue dropped me a note about their updated useful publication Call out Mountain Rescue? The book gives details on preparation and route planning, what to take, how best to stay safe in the mountains and what to do if you have an accident. If you do hit trouble, there’s a run down of the mountain rescue call out procedure, how to relay information to the emergency services, plus a potted history of mountain rescue.
What’s more 100% of the profit raised by sales of their book goes to mountain rescue. If you are interested to purchase a copy then contact Judy Whiteside at Mountain Rescue.
Mountain rescue in England and Wales remains entirely voluntary, and free of charge to the casualty. All team members give their time to call outs, training and fundraising effectively on call 24/7, 365 days a year, whatever the weather.