When I left the RAF MRT I was lucky enough to work with the Torridon and Kinlochewe Team for a few years. Old age and illness made me retire at 60 after 40 years with the Mountain Rescue. Torridon and Kinlochewe MRT is everything I love about Mountain Rescue. This is a sparse area for population but has many of the UK finest Mountains in their area.
The team cover a large area extending from Achnasheen, in the east, to Applecross, in the west, and from Kinlochewe, in the north, to Lochcarron, in the south. The area includes 17 Munros, including the iconic “Torridon triptych”: Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe, Scotland’s first National Nature Reserve. Thet are richly endowed with some of Britain’s most magnificent mountain landscapes, including the trio of Munros around Coire Lair, the remote quartet in the West Monar Forrest, embracing Loch Monar, the massive cliffs of Beinn Bhan, barring entry to the Applecross peninsula, and, most celebrated of all, the Triple Buttress of Coire Mhic Fhearchair, behind Beinn Eighe.
These mountains draw climbers and walkers throughout the year. They offer some of Scotland’s most spectacular walking routes and some of our longest and most testing rock and ice climbing routes. Given the terrain it is not surprising that the rescue situations we are faced with can be amongst the most technically demanding to be encountered in Scotland.
The team is made up of a variety of people, crofters, fishermen, doctors. teachers, professional mountaineers, foresters and deals with some wild and varied mountains and wild land. Money is very hard and despite the wonderful work of the Order Of St John, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government the Team needs a new building. At present they work out of cupboard and have done for many years in the local Youth Hostel. They hope to build a new Centre this year 2017 and have to raise £50000 towards it, can you help.
From their Facebook page
“In 2017, Torridon Mountain Rescue Team is building a new base in Torridon village with support from St John Scotland. But to complete and equip the new base, we need £50,000. Please give generously. Text TMRT33£5 to 70070 to donate £5 or visit http://www.torridonmrt.org.uk to find other ways of supporting us.”
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Torridon Mountain Rescue Team needs your support – watch their video and share this please, it could be you that needs their assistance one day.
What a great video, what great hills and what great people. In 2015 they dealt with 6 fatalities and many other incidents they rarely chase publicity. Now they need help please share as they deserve support.