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‘Adventure Smart Lake District’ Autumn Safety Awareness Launch and an Evening with Mountain Rescue Cumbria

September 27, 2022

The launch was held at the Lake View Garden Bar, Bowness last week

The summer season has come to an end and our mountain rescue volunteers look forward to an easing of callouts following another extremely busy year, especially those covering the central fells.

Our twelve teams and 400 rescue volunteers have dealt with over 500 callouts so far this year alone compare to 440 pre pandemic. Incidents have ranged from under an hour to four days with an average rescue duration of around three hours. During the year our volunteers have helped over 600 people who have been injured, suffered medical emergencies or suffered distress. This has involved over 4,000 team member responses all who have attended without question and without any payment, keeping our free service alive.

As winter approaches and the clocks go back at the end of October, we again focus on the simple message of map, compass, torch and know how to use them. 25% of the callouts are due to walkers becoming lost and overdue therefore avoidable with good planning and preparation. For the past six years the volunteer teams who are all charities have heavily invested their time and funds, both from individual donations and more recently significant help from our Local Resilience Forum partners, pushing the Adventure Smart safety awareness messages…..

1 Do I have the right gear?

2 Do I know what the weather will be like?

3 Am I confident that I have the knowledge and skills for the day?

Three simple questions to help outdoor enthusiasts and visitors alike to be #BeAdventureSmart and a make a good day better.

The Adventure Smart Lake District evening was hosted by Hargreaves Enterprises Ltd. at the Lake View Garden Bar, Bowness. It was a great opportunity to re-launch our safety awareness leaflets, meet our corporate supporters, emergency service colleagues, mountain rescue colleagues and friends from across Cumbria. In addition, we launched a merchandising campaign to promote Adventure Smart via an online LDSAMRA shop. The shop is managed by Coniston Corporate Embroidery on our behalf and is available now via the QR code below (just scan it with your phone / tablet camera). Further collaborative projects are planned with our growing network of corporate collaborations and influencers. This will help deliver our safety messages and raise additional funds to help protect our volunteers against injury or the consequences of serious injury.