Today was my first full day of training with the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team. More “My first day of Mountain Rescue team training…”
Went for a wee wander on Saturday…
…guiding a group ’round the Yorkshire Three Peaks! Not much guiding required, as we were treated to clear and cold weather so visibility was excellent.
They were a good bunch, raising money for various good causes, and made steady progress to get ’round in a little under ten and a half hours.
A long day, but Penrith MRT got £4,500 out of it, so many thanks to the kind folk of HSBC (North-East) for an enjoyable day (and the cash!).
Sunday was an East Cumbria Search Panel exercise, the scenario for which was a Mountain Marathon event in the Howgills, in combination with an E-coli outbreak – nice. Fortunately from my rather tired point of view, this required lots of sitting in a Land Rover, enjoying the view, drinking coffee and, erm, ‘co-ordinating’! The joys of delegation…
After a late night out, Anna and I made a slow start, but finally headed to Grange to meet Martin. We headed up to Black Crag, but just as we got to the gate leaving the track, the rain started. It had been warm in the sun, so we pressed on and the shower soon passed.
The crag was fairly busy, so we plumped for Troutdale Pinnacle Direct, which was free. There was still a bit of knitting higher up as we met a pair on Troutdale Pinnacle.
Halfway up we were buzzed by the RAF, but they weren’t there for us; they headed just up the valley to meet the MRT who were attending a accident. We watched as they winched the victim from the valley floor and sped away towards Keswick.
The climbing and rock was great after the sandstone of a couple of weeks ago. Even when the sun disappeared and we got quite chilly, it didn’t detract from the day. Mind you it did cause us to head straight to the cafe.
The cafe was busier than the crag!! Keith and Fiona arrived , and soon after, Zac (just back from Cho Oyu) and Sarah turned up. We tucked into tea and cake, but forgot to take a photo, so when I got home I had more cake, just so I could take a piccy.
I was lucky enough to be asked again to help out with the Expedition Medicine course based in the Lake District.
Tuesday was really wet, but I spent a good afternoon teaching basic rope skills, navigation, and basic casualty carrying techniques to a group of doctors. As always, they are really easy to deal with, only need to told things once, and generally remember it. A long way from Sunbury and trying to teach a figure of 8 to the kids from Feltham!!
Today was the scenario day, with a number of teams looking for casualties above Falcon crag in Borrowdale. All the teams moved their casualty to the evacuation point and the Great North Air ambulance arrived to give us a rundown of the aircraft, the equipment on board and the stretchers etc. used in moving casualties.
This was a really informative day, not just for the doctors and me but also for the walkers who happened to be passing by!
It was the first day of the Windermere Airshow, and I’d volunteered to stand and be sociable on the SARDA Lakes stand in the event arena. It was a good opportunity for Mil to meet lots of children and chat about training.
I also came across a big bird…but not sure about the ethics of this
A lovely lady called Pauline came and said hello with her pet Guinea Pig (sorry I forgot to take a photograph). We didn’t have any cakes so I couldn’t take a photo for all you cakephiles.
The day finished off with the flypast of the amazing Vulcan bomber.
It took nearly an hour to get out of the car park 🙁
As the East Cumbria Search Panel excercise was called off as the Lake District was likely to be busy and needing Mountain Rescue Teams quickly was a priority.
However, Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team decided to have a day practising our skills.
We had two ‘incidents’…one near High Cup Nick and one on Murton Crags.
It was a successful day and thoroughly enjoyed by all. I think the casualties also enjoyed their trip down the snow slopes strapped into a stretcher on skids!
I was on a mission to check a suitable location for hiding some ‘bodies’.
The following picture doesn’t give too much away (I hope).