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Winter is coming…

By Judy Whiteside / November 8, 2018 /

… stay safe and enjoy the hills Last weekend, social media lit up following an incident involving a group of walkers who set off at 7.15pm on Saturday evening to tackle Scafell Pike. They’d planned to be off the mountain in four hours but, at 2.15am, they were lost and in need of help. Wasdale team…

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Man + Mountain

By Judy Whiteside / October 19, 2018 /

A review of the Sir Chris Bonington exhibition at Rheged, and a mountain rescue tale Ask most people in the UK to name a famous British mountaineer and they’ll say Sir Chris Bonington. This time last year, media reporting of his view that mountain rescue is ‘a sport’, in which our volunteer team members engage because…

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The cow that jumped out of the mine

By Judy Whiteside / October 5, 2018 /

After a short intermission (for which we can only apologise), our long awaited blog post following on from our August animal rescue tales… With eighty-odd years of organised mountain rescue service under our belts, we’ve quite an archive of rescue stories to delve into, from around England and Wales. Last time, on the back of…

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Flying sheep, horsey guides…

By Judy Whiteside / August 23, 2018 /

… mountain cats and crocodiles. Must be August. August dawns and right on cue the rain is back, the heating’s on, sheep are launching themselves at unsuspecting walkers and navigation by horse is headline news. Whether the horse in question was entirely cognisant of his (or indeed her) part in the story is unclear. Unlike…

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Crimewatch in Scarborough

By Judy Whiteside / August 9, 2018 /

The BBC programme makers caught up with Scarborough and Ryedale team members for a rescue reconstruction Teams are often invited to take part in programmes such as ‘Countryfile’ or ‘The One Show’. It’s a great opportunity to showcase mountain rescue but can be a logistical challenge given that team members already volunteer so much of…

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