Many who love the mountains and wild places cannot believe that what we have seen enjoy should never be taken for granted.
The Milton Mountaineers is a charity group of blind and partially sighted hill walkers and sighted friends/relations who meet in different parts of the UK to climb hills or mountains in the area.
Membership is free, but participants pay for their own travel to the venue and for accommodation. The charity subsidises one trip a year by paying for the services of a walks leader if necessary, transport to and from each day’s walk and drinks at the last evening meal.
Participants should be fit and active enough in order to walk for up to around 6 hours a day for 3 days or more in hilly and sometimes rough terrain.
Contact the organiser to obtain joining information.
- Address:5 Shelwick Grove, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8UH
- Tel:01564 779 233
Over the years I was involved with the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams in Wales at RAF Valley and with RAF Kinloss & RAF Leuchars MRT helping the Milton Mountaineers up various hills. From the Carnedds in Wales to Ben Lawyers and Ben Nevis. These were hard undertakings and we learned lots from each other. It was especially interesting to see how the young boys and girls in the team coped with long days some over 8 -10 hours of guiding up a mountain a partly sighted person. Having to build a trust in each other and explaining the ground and what we can see during the day. These were huge learning curbs for all but what benefits to a young person helping each other and learning how difficult and how lucky we are to be fit and sighted.
It was always harder coming down when all were a bit tired and yet we coped with it and how exhausted we were at the end, these were as hard as any call -outs but what a great result in the faces of those who took part and how humble we felt after such days .
Great days with great people.