History of mountain rescue

From its humble beginnings of makeshift stretchers and swiftly-gathered, ad hoc search and rescue parties, mountain rescue has certainly grown up. Now a world-class, professional service it remains entirely voluntary at the point of delivery, trained to operate in the harshest of environments, both on and off the mountains.

Our History of Mountain Rescue tells the story of its development, from those late-eighteenth century farmers and countrymen, through the formation of a separate organisation for Scotland and the changed brought by technology right through to the present day – and Royal patronage. 

Coniston Fells Rescue Party 1947