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*** Incident No.20 ***

Saturday 7 May, 17.10hrs

Whilst the rest of the country bathed in glorious sunshine, much of Northumberland including the Simonside Hills was covered in thick mist. The prevailing weather conditions led to two walkers becoming disoriented and eventually lost in the Simonside Hills.

The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT were activated late afternoon by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for the two walkers. From the information received the two walkers having ‘walked over the hill’ had taken shelter in a hut next to rough track. From this information we identified the likely location of walkers as being the two huts on the track between Harwood Forest and Hepple Whitefield – along the route of the Sandstone Way and Border County Ride.

Two Team members were swiftly despatched to drive the rough track up to Whitefield Hill. The walkers were located in one of the shooting huts with the gas fire on to warm themselves up. When we pointed out to them where they had ended up, they were somewhat surprised and very grateful we’d turned up!

A Police 4×4 was used to transport the walkers back to their car at Simonside Forest car park.

All ended well and in time for Team members to enjoy their Saturday evening.

The incident involved 8 Team members for 1hr 50mins.

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*** Incident No.18 ***

Monday 2 May, 09.00hrs onwards

Following the incident at Kielder last Sunday, the next day the Team was providing rescue cover for the Shepherds Walks Coastal Challenge. A long day was interspersed with treating three walkers for a variety of ailments and injuries. Two of the walkers had to be evacuated in one of the Team’s Land Rover ambulances as they were unable to continue with the event.

Well done to everyone who completed the Coastal Challenge and in doing so helped raise funds for the Team.

A total of 8 members were involved for 10hrs.

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35th Cheviots Challenge

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Fancy joining us for the 35th Cheviots Challenge? Sign-up on Facebook and let your friends know you’re coming.

You can enter the event online via https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=2562

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

http://www.cheviotschallenge.org.uk/

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*** Incident No.11 ***

20 February 2016, 16.54hrs

Whilst most of the Team were away in the Cairngorms winter training, the remaining few alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team had to deal with an incident involving two walkers.

The walkers had rung Northumbria Police stating they were overdue and still six miles from their vehicle, with the weather closing in. The walkers were, however, able to safely make their way off the hill to Low Bleakhope farm where they were met by Police officers. They were then taken back to their car.

The incident involved 2 members being deployed in a 4×4 with further members on standby for 1 hour.

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*** Incident No.5 ***

17.09hrs, 23 January 2016

Two walkers had contacted Northumbria Police to say they were lost in Kielder Forest. From the information received they were believed to be near Chirdon Head on a drivable track.

As our incident controllers tried to establish a more accurate location using SARLOC and by talking to the walkers, the Police dispatched local officers in a 4×4 vehicle.

Our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were put on standby and drivers tasked to pick up our vehicles.

Thankfully the walkers and their dogs were quickly located by the Police on a forest track and were transported back to their car. All safe and well.

A total of 3 members were involved for 35 minutes. A further 6 members were ready to be deployed.

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*** Incident No.28 ***

The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team has just stood down from an incident near to Hethpool. The North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of both MRTs to evacuate an injured walker on the St Cuthbert’s Way. The walker had a suspected fractured leg. Whilst travelling to the scene, the Ambulance Service informed the Teams that a farmer in a 4×4 had helped to transport the walker to the awaiting ambulance.

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*** Incident No.24 ***

At 20.25hrs the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was requested to assist in locating two walkers who had become disoriented between Tosson Hill and Simonside. From the description of their location, two Team members in a 4×4 and a Police 4×4 were deployed to drive the forest track through to Harwood Forest. The walkers were quickly located safe and well, but exhausted, having walked for 8.5 hours. The incident was successfully all over in less than 30 minutes!

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Connected Team

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.sat_internet

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Cheviots Challenge 2015

34th Cheviots Challenge,

Saturday Saturday 5th September 2015.

The Cheviots Challenge

The Cheviots Challenge is a fundraising event in aid of the Mountain Rescue Team. It is designed as a personal challenge rather than a competition.

There is a choice of two challenging long distance walks: 

‘Terry Lynn’ long route or the ‘Eileen Lynn’ short route – both will take you on a journey in the upper Coquetdale and Cheviot hills, start and finish at the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton, Northumberland. 

Terry’s route this year will be approximately 22 miles in distance and involve over 4000 feet of climbing.

Eileen’s route this year will be approximately 16 miles in distance and involve over 2500 feet of climbing.

On the day of the event, you will receive a route card and a photocopy map giving details of the route. Checkpoints along the route must be visited before the closing time shown on the route card. Checkpoints can provide first aid and one or more will provide refreshments. Participants completing the event between 0800 and 2000 hours will be awarded, upon presentation of a completed route card, a certificate and souvenir mug.

Once again a souvenir T-Shirt of the event is available to order, payment extra to entry.

ENTER ONLINE – Cheviots Challenge Online Entry

Or if you prefer to post your entry and fee: 

Click here to print off an entry form and T-shirt order.

Click here to read our rules of entry and recommended equipment list.

If you would like to raise further funds for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team in our Cheviots Challenge please download our sponsorship form.

Contact: cheviotschallenge@nnpmrt.org

We would like to thank the following for making the event possible:

  • Land owners and farmers in Upper Coquetdale, Breamish and Harthope Valleys.
  • The proprietors of the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton.
  • Northumberland National Park Rangers.
  • Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team members, their families and friends.
  • Great Outdoors Superstore, Shiremoor.
  • Vango Tents. 
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Be Prepared

Walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers; Please, please,please, carry a paper map of the area you are in ( and compass ) and know how to read them.
Electronic devices, GPS, phones, phone apps etc. are great until the battery runs out, they crash or you lose signal.
Knowing where you are and being able to see a way out or place of help or refuge can prevent an uncomfortable situation getting worse.
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