I was out yesterday on my own as my mates were busy. I am so lucky that I can go whenever I want and had a 3 hour drive to Bealach Na Ba at Applecross mainly to see if there was any ice there. The Beleach is at 2000 feet and is an ideal spot to get easy access to winter conditions, if the road is clear. There was no ice apart from the road but it was a great wander and I texted a pal to tell them of my intentions and when I was of the hill. When I was involved with Mountain Rescue and the Statistician of the accidents, I was privy to lots of information. Much of it was sad reading.
One such incident was when a person had fallen and lay on the hill and very badly injured for a couple of days and was unable to get a phone message out due to lack of phone service and the remote area. It was a tragedy as he had left several texts for help that had not got out and by the time he was located it was too late for him and his family. Can you imagine the family reading these texts and the helplessness. Please act and read the instructions as posted on the Facebook Page of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team below. This may save you life and help the Agencies locate you, it free and easy to do and to me a no brainer.
Registering your mobile phone
You need to register your mobile phone before using the emergency SMS service. This is best done before you need help. You can register by sending an SMS text message from your mobile phone.
Registering using SMS
To register using SMS text messages you must:
- Send the word ‘register’ in an SMS message to 999
- You will then receive SMS messages about the service
- When you have read these SMS messages reply by sending ‘yes’ in an SMS message to 999
- You will receive a SMS message telling you that your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration
Checking your Registration
You can check your mobile phone registration by sending the word ‘register’ in a SMS message to 999.
You will receive a SMS message telling you if your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration.
Unable to Register
If you try to register and do not receive an SMS message from the emergencySMS service please check with your mobile communications provider to make sure they support the emergencySMS service.
Please. please share. We love the mountains but we owe it to our friends and family to make it as safe as possible.
- Please. please share. We love the mountains but we owe it to our friends and family to make it as safe as possible.