Right place, right time. On the Bank Holiday Monday one of our Team members happened across a group of nine walkers and two dogs on the Salter’s Road at the eastern edge of the Uswayford Forest. This is one of the more remote parts of our beautiful National Park.
The walkers stopped our Team member and asked for directions. It turns out that the group of walkers were intending to climb Windy Gyle having set off from Barrowburn. They were now a good 6km off course and were heading towards the Breamish valley!
Given the time a decision was taken by the Team member to shuttle the group back down the Usway valley to the track heading south to Barrowburn over Middle Hill. Thankfully his 4×4 was close at hand and meant for a swift transportation of the group.
The group then walked back the last few kilometres to Barrowburn having never made the summit of Windy Gyle. Our Team member waited at Barrowburn to see the group coming safely down the hill before heading home.
The actions of our Team member certainly avoided a search for the full Team later in the day.
The incident involved one Team member for 1hr 55mins.
This event is designed as a personal challenge that is accessible to all. We’ll be in strategic places along the routes, to provide encouragement and light refreshments, and so that if it becomes ‘too much of a challenge’, a Land Rover back to the village is possible. It’s a great opportunity to get high into the hills of the Northumberland National Park, have a great time with friends, and possibly make some new friends along the way.
There is a choice of two routes:
– Terry Lynn long route is about 23 miles and over 4000 feet of climbing
– Eileen Lynn short route is about 18 miles and over 3000 feet of climbing
An early morning call from the Border Search & Rescue Unit this morning for possible assistance with evacuating a walker who had been found in a hypothermic condition on the Border Ridge. The casualty was re-warmed in the Auchope shelter on the Pennine Way before being evacuated.
Without a doubt the emergency shelter built by the Northumberland National Park with assistance from Mountain Rescue volunteers has once again helped to save another life.
A total of 20 Team members were on standby for just over 2 hours.
On Saturday the Team provided casualty care and evacuated a female walker who was participating in the St Cuthbert’s Challenge Walk. She had fallen badly near to Hethpool damaging her ankle, possibly fractured, and was advised to attend Alnwick Infirmary for further assessment.
Looking for something fun to do outdoors in the glorious sunshine of the Northumberland National Park tomorrow?
We’ll be at the annual St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk, providing some first aid cover for the event. It’s not too late to sneak onto the event – Book online via the link below – A percentage of the entry fee goes straight into the running of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, giving you that nice warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
Come and say hello to the Team while you’re there!
In this our 50th year we are going all out to try to raise £50,000. The funds raised as part of our “50 for 50” campaign will help us to convert a recently donated trailer into a new mobile control/command unit (£25k), purchase new communications technology such as digital high band radios (£20k) and invest in additional equipment including dry suits and personal flotation devices to ensure the safety of our Team members when working around water (£5k).
As a charitable organisation, run by volunteers, we are reliant on the generosity of the general public to fund the life saving, emergency service we provide. Donations, no matter how small or large, towards our £50k target would be gratefully received.
The Team is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Following a tragic incident involving two shepherds near Ewartly Shank, a number of voluntary wardens from the Northumberland National Park formed the Mountain Rescue Team in 1965. Since that time the Team has been providing a life saving, emergency service.
To mark our 50th Anniversary we will be launching our “50 for 50” fund-raising campaign. More details to follow.
Today we had the opportunity to thank Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) for their generous grant towards the cost of our new satellite Broadband system. Accessing the Internet wherever we are is increasingly important – we need the Internet to view the incident log on SARCALL, to use tools such as SARLOC to help locate lost walkers, to track search groups on the hill and to access up-to-date weather forecasts etc.
Pictured either side of our Team Leader are Tony Gates, Chief Executive (NNPA) and Cllr Glen Sanderson, the new Chairman of the Authority.