Saving lives in wild and remote places since 1971

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Saving lives in wild and remote places since 1971

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Kinder Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) has been in existence since 1971, and is one of seven mountain rescue teams that operate within the Peak District National Park, as part of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation (PDMRO).

Our 50 members operate on an purely voluntary basis and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist members of the public on the hill or in urban search and rescue situations.

We are almost exclusively funded by public donations, and all proceeds from fund raising go towards equipment and resources used on our call outs.

40: Callout – Thursday 21st December 2023

We were again called by the PDMRO Duty Controller with a request to assist walkers who were in difficulty on Kinder Scout in bad weather. Two walkers on the western edge path between the Kinder Downfall and the top of Sandy Heys were struggling to continue in the conditions. The high winds and rain meant they were very cold and unable to safely get down before it went dark.

We used the PhoneFind tool again to confirm their location and a reassuring phone call asking them to huddle down together behind rocks to try and avoid the worst of the high wind. Two fast response parties were despatched from our Landrovers at Moorgate and ascended the 3 Knolls Path to try and keep out of the wind. They were also slowed by the conditions as they battled the wind, but safely located the walkers.

The two walkers were warmed and checked out, then slowly walked off down Sandy Heys to our vehicles by the Kinder reservoir. Another hill party was sent towards them with the stretcher in case one of them was unable to carry on, but they managed to walk off all the way.

They were driven to our base in Hayfield for some warm drinks and biscuits, then once warmed we returned them to their car at Bowden Bridge.

Conditions on kinder Scout have been wild recently, so take care if venturing up there. In poor conditions it takes our rescuers longer to reach you.

  • Time: 15:20
  • Type: Mountain incident
  • Location: Western edge path of Kinder Scout
  • Team members: 20
  • Duration: 5.25 hours
  • Volunteer hours: 105
  • Total volunteer hours for the year: 2,436

Neil Woodhead, Team Leader

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