How to call for help in the Mountains in an Emergency ?

We are delighted to see so many hillwalkers and climbers enjoying the mountains over the recent months. This summer has seen a noticeable increase in the number of people heading for the outdoors and, with foreign travel opportunities still limited due to coronavirus, it’s likely that many will carry on their new hobby throughout the winter. We would like to use this opportunity to remind all hillwalkers on ways to stay safe in the hills and how to call for help.

Scottish Mountain Rescue Vice Chair, Kev Mitchell said, “We are very lucky in Scotland to have a world class volunteer Mountain Rescue service. Help us, to help you, by being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency. If you are lost, in need of assistance or in an emergency, dial 999 ask for POLICE then MOUNTAIN RESCUE. Enjoy our incredible wild places and support our volunteer teams who will assist you any hour, any day and any weather.”

For tips on being prepared, click on the link below:

ScottishMR #StaySafe #BePrepared

Well worth discussing if your with your climbing companion what to do? Also what do you do without a phone signal?

Comments welcome.

It is worth noting that in some remote areas a phone reception is not possible. This can be in a Corrie or Valley. In my days in Mountain Rescue we would often have to move to a high point and try to get a reception. Also as mountaineers we should whenever possible be prepared to be self reliant and be able to cope with waiting for help. You could be on the hill stationary with a casualty for a long time.

It is well worth discussing what to in an emergency.

Comments as always welcome.

Comment – Joe Glennie

Great advice there David Whalley.
I’d reiterate the bit about having a grid reference to hand. The only time I’ve called out mountain rescue from the hill I was in an obvious place that anyone in mountain rescue would know so when the leader of the mountain rescue team asked for a grid reference I just told him where I was…

Him:- “It’s not for me, it’s for the helicopter pilot”

Me:- 😳🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️🗺

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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