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*** Incident No.67 ***

Monday 19 December 2016, 11.30hrs

A lone male became unwell whilst walking in the Cheviot Hills this morning. Information received from the Police suggested the walker was in and out of consciousness. At this stage the exact location of the walker was unknown although indications were that he was on Hedgehope Hill.

The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team deployed immediately to rendezvous in the Harthope valley. SARLOC, the location App, was used successfully and the walker’s location was identified as being between Hedgehope and Long Crag. With this information, one of our Landrovers was re-directed to access the casualty’s location from Threestoneburn Wood whilst Team members headed up from the Harthope valley.

Given the seriousness of the situation, air support was also requested by our Incident Controller. A MCA helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 999, was tasked to the incident and arrived on scene within 50 minutes.

Team members and a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic were transported up to the casualty’s location by the local farmer from Langleeford using his quad and trailer. The farmer’s support was very much appreciated.

Once the casualty had been assessed by the Paramedic from Rescue 999, Team members assisted the crew in carrying the stretcher to the awaiting S92 helicopter. The casualty was then flown to the RVI in Newcastle for further treatment.

The Team would also like to thank the passing walker who came across the casualty and provided immediate care before the emergency services arrived. The walker’s actions certainly helped to save a life.

#Teamwork

The incident involved 13 Team members for 2 hours 10 minutes.

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*** Incident No.50 ***

Sunday 4 September 2016, 13.18hrs

An incident with a difference!

Early afternoon on Sunday, North of Tyne MRT and ourselves received a request for assistance from Northumbria Police. A Labradoodle dog called Jack had badly injured his leg whilst out for a walk with four human companions. His campanions had just taken him over Scald Hill and were intending to head up to The Cheviot when the accident happened.

Whilst rescuing animals isn’t our main role, we decided to assist not least to relieve Jack’s suffering but also his owners. Our search dog handler and Tess, and our Team Leader, an ex dog handler, made their way to Scald Hill with a light weight stretcher to assist with the evacuation.

Jack was carefully ‘loaded’ into the stretcher before we, a Police Officer, and Jack’s owners and their friends, carried him back to the Harthope Valley. We have since heard that Jack is in hospital awaiting an operation on his leg tomorrow.

We hope Jack makes a full and swift recovery, and not before too long is out walking the hills of Northumberland National Park, with his owners.

The incident involved 3 Team members for 3.5 hours.

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The 35th Cheviots Challenge

The 35th Cheviots Challenge is fast approaching and will take place next weekend – Saturday 3 September. This fantastic event will get you high in the hills of the Northumberland National Park with the Team close by in strategic locations along the route to keep you safe.

This single event raises around 15% of the annual operating cost of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team so you’ll get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside too!

There is a choice of route:

Terry Lynn long route is about 23 miles and over 3500 feet of climbing and will include Clennell Street, Windy Gyle, Swinside Law, Battleshiel Haugh.

Eileen Lynn short route is about 18 miles and over 2500 feet of climbing and will include Clennell Street, Barrow Law, Battleshiel Haugh.

Both routes will take you through and over the beautiful Upper Coquetdale and Cheviot Hills. On the day of the event you will receive a route card and a photocopy map giving details of the route.

Online sign up is via https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2562

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The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team Land Rover Curlew Delta
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*** Incident 42 ***

Saturday 20 August 2016, 14.12 hrs.

The Team was called alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team to support the North East Ambulance Service after a man had sustained a lower leg injury on the Pennine Way in a very remote part of the Northumberland National Park near to Rochester. After an hour long stretcher carry across the moors with inclement weather to the nearest drivable track, the casualty was transferred to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

The incident lasted 4.5 hours and involved 20 rescue Team members.

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Rope Training

All tied up in knots!

Yesterday evening we were training with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team at East Woodburn crag. Whilst the wet weather had cleared, the wind made conditions challenging at times.

Our recent intake of trainees practised their clove hitches and alpine butterfly knots whilst others rigged the lowering system using in line anchors and a Petzl ID. Then we turned our attention to a stretcher raise using a rope grab and a 3:1 pulley system.

All good fun ready for when it’s really needed.

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Some of what Kielder has to offer.

Here is a brand new promotional video for Kielder Water & Forest Park, the most tranquil place in England. www.visitkielder.com for more up to date information.

https://www.facebook.com/kielder/videos/1248287125183729/

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North Northumberland… The Secret Kingdom

We found this video from North Northumberland Tourism Association and thought you would enjoy watching what Northumberland has to offer.

A journey through the year in North Northumberland, showing some of the things you can expect to see and enjoy in each of the seasons, during a visit to this most beautiful landscape – the ‘Secret Kingdom’.

 

 

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*** Incident No.19 ***

Monday 2 May, 14.05hrs

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.

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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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Kielder Past & Present

A glimpse of Kielder Forest and reservoir, showing the type of industry that was present in the valley before the dam and reservoir were constructed.

 

 

The History of Kielder Viaduct

 

The railway through Kielder in 1953, and the Bellingham Fair