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Prospective Trainees Training

Five prospective trainees have been put through their paces today. Given the clear conditions we focused on micro navigation using a map, compass and techniques such as aiming off, timing/pacing and re-section and triangulation, amongst others. A great day with all five progressing to become trainees. Well done!

Now the hard work starts with a minimum of a 12 month structured training programme.

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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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Outdoor First Aid Course

Sunday saw a number of team members on the first day of a two day outdoor first aid course.
For some it was their first taste of outdoor first aid, others were re qualifying.
Classroom sessions are broken by practice and training in the more realistic outdoors. It is always best to get experience in conditions similar to those in which they will be operating.

As medical situations can occur on any of our call outs, first aid training is given to all team members.
After passing the first course, individuals can move on to higher levels of medical training and qualifications.
We already have in our team a large number of very highly trained medics including Paramedics and Doctors.

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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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Incident No.14

The Team has just stood down from a search for a missing cyclist. The cyclist split from the rest of his group at Kershope Bridge in Scotland, late afternoon yesterday, and failed to turn up at their overnight accommodation near to Falstone. As Team members were travelling to the RV, one of our Team vehicle was deployed to search towards Kielder from the overnight accommodation. The cyclist was located near to Tower Knowe Information Centre; he was tired, mildly hypothermic but otherwise fine.

A good result involving ourselves, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Tweed Valley MRT. Mountain Rescue working together cross the Border!

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Volunteers Week‬

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team carries out Search and Mountain Rescue operations covering the entire area of over 5000 square km with our sister team North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. We do this 365 days a year, 24/7, and we’re made up entirely of volunteers!

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It’s Raining

Wet weather gear at the ready, looks like the rain is set for the next day or two. The waterfalls around the countryside are going to be looking good. Every cloud has a silver lining! Be safe and sensible if out and about, or grab a coffee and a good guide book and plan your next trip in comfort!

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In An Emergency

Over the years, many people have been glad to see the two shelters, built by the Northumberland National Park Authority, on the Border Ridge. Thanks to the Authority, new signs informing walkers, fell runners and other outdoor enthusiasts ‘what to do in an emergency’ will very shortly be in place at each of the shelters.

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New Trainee Evening

We are holding a presentation for potential trainees tonight.
All applicants to join the team are invited along for a presentation of the teams work and expectations. Following this the individual may move on to a skills weekend and finally enroll on to the trainee list to start training in the many and varied skills required to become a full team member.lego1 lego2