Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team have been very busy with two big call – outs one in the Corrour which was a long 12 hour job in the wildest conditions. Mountain Rescuers are usually pretty cautious in what they say in the press but the Lochaber Team Leader reckoned it is very serious conditions this winter some of the worst he has seen. Hamish McInnes said the same on Saturday when he reckoned it was the worst winter since 1948. The incident Lochaber were called to happened on the high ridge on Beinn Eibhinn a walker walked over a Cornice in wild weather. This is one of the remotest mountain groups in Scotland and is difficult access even especially in winter. It can be approached from Corrour Station a remote railway station on the Rannoch Moor. The weather in the area at the time was awful and the team did a magnificent job in getting to the Casualty and bringing him off alive. You rarely hear much about an incident like this but the local news was full of the dangers involved in this incident with a Team member being avalanched and other epics on the call out. Today they were out again on Ben Nevis to assist in an avalanche where two people were caught in Corrie Leis. We must never take for granted what the Mountain Rescue teams and the helicopters do. Flying in conditions like Saturday night must have been awful but the Lochaber Team were out there in one of the wildest nights trying to save a life and I am so glad the guardian angels were looking after them all. Long may it continue!
Today I had to fix my new phone and a trip into town was called for but I still managed to get a little wander along the Dava Way my local walk. It was spring like and great to be out in the sun later in the day. The birds were giving about and snowdrops everywhere. I spend so much time away and yet all these special places are on your doorstep if you look. We are endowed with such places up here and I never take it for granted. It was almost Spring like and hard to believe that whilst I was enjoying my walk a fight for life was going on in Ben Nevis. I hope to get out on the hill tomorrow up near the Fannichs the forecast does not look great but we will see how it goes. That is what it is all about in the winter, have a look and see what happens. Lochaber MRT have a website and Facebook page have a look and see what conditions are like on the hill, despite a big thaw there is still plenty of snow and winter about. The Mountain Rescue Teams rely on donations to exist please remember that and all are volunteers with families and friends, they do not get paid for what they do. They do it for a love of the hills and to help fellow mountaineers but even they can get into trouble on a rescue and have an epic. Huge cornices loom high up in the “grey room” but with care the hills and wild places are really magic just now. Just remember if you push the boat out and get hurt in wild conditions, someone may have to try to rescue you.
Try to take care in these wild places where nature rules, whoever you are!