Kinder Mountain Rescue Team
Saving lives in wild and remote places


41: Callout Tuesday 18th October 2016

The team received a call regarding a group of 5 youths who had become disoriented in bad weather and were now benighted somewhere in the vicinity of Kinder Scout; during initial contact with the group themselves they stated that they thought they had started descending from the plateau so the three MR Teams commenced searching the northern, western and southern slopes of the plateau.

Eventually, SARLOC was made and the group’s location was established as being on the plateau. Team members found the group who had correctly remained in place and had got inside a tent for protection from the weather.

The group was brought off the plateau with no injuries.

Thanks to Buxton and Glossop MRTs for their assistance in appalling weather conditions.


Local walker takes on gruelling Corsican challenge for Team

Little Hayfield resident Andy Jones has single-handedly raised a staggering £2061 for the Team by taking on the challenge of walking the GR20 trail in Corsica over the summer.

The GR20, 180 km long with a variation in height of about 10,000 metres, is described as “the most difficult of all the GR routes and one of the most beautiful mountain trails in Europe”. With a typical crossing time of 14 to 15 days, Andy completed the walk in 12 days under a scorching summer sun, sleeping out under the stars most nights and carrying his own supplies and equipment in a back-pack weighing (a mere!!) 16 kg; an outstanding achievement of strength, determination and endurance.

Andy and some of his family were welcomed to the Team’s Base in Hayfield on Saturday 15 October and given a tour to see how how we work and how the money raised is used directly to provide the resources needed for the Team to continue to operate.

A spokes-person for the Team said “As a charitable organisation, all of whose Members are unpaid volunteers, we rely largely on donations from the public for most of our annual £25,000 operating costs; contributions like Andy’s are immensely valuable and hugely appreciated.

The Team has approximately 50 call-outs a year, both on the hills and in lowland areas, assisting the Police with searches for missing-vulnerable people, or helping the Ambulance Service with ill or injured people in difficult-to-access locations. Andy’s generous support, and that of the general public on the whole, ensures that we can continue to assist lost or injured people when they most need us”.

Thanks again Andy, you’re welcome at base any time. And good luck with next year’s challenge, whatever and wherever it may be.


Farewell Ken …. gone but not forgotten

On Saturday 24 September, members of Kinder MRT gathered with friends and family of Ken Blakeman on the slopes of Mill Hill, Kinder Scout, for a service to scatter his ashes and to bid a final farewell to a much-loved husband, father, grand-father, Team-mate and friend who sadly collapsed and Read More…