Kinder Mountain Rescue Team
Saving lives in wild and remote places

48: Callout Friday, 8th December 2017

We were called at 16:00 with a report of two walkers who had become lost in the snowy conditions around Pym Chair. Fortunately, they were able to give us a good description of their location as well as latitude and longitude figures. We were unable to drive to our usual start point at Edale Cross because of the snow and ice on the track, so there was a longer walk than usual. We located the couple who were uninjured but very cold. After warming up, we walked them off the hill to the safety of our base in Hayfield. We completed the job at around 20:30.

46: Callout Saturday, 2nd December 2017

Just 24 minutes after standing the team down from callout 45, we were again called out to locate two lost walkers on Kinder Scout plateau. Information was limited but the south west corner was highlighted as the most likely area to search. Having just returned from the hill, team members knew visibility was limited and this could be a long and extensive search.

Buxton MRT were immediately called to assist us and Kinder hill parties were deployed to Edale Cross by Land Rover to commence searching the high probability areas. Following a review of our limited intel, we discussed the search with the Duty Controller and decided to activate the full Kinder Plan. Edale and Glossop MRTs were then activated, both of whom had also been involved in callouts earlier.

SARLOC was then successful once again and the location identified as north east of Kinder Low trig point. This was right on the search path of our first hill party and they were quickly able to locate the two lost walkers. They were walked back to the waiting Land Rovers and driven back to base in Hayfield.

A second successful callout and once again SARLOC made the search much easier and quicker. This is an invaluable tool that enables us to identify missing walkers locations from the GPS in their mobile phones.

We stood down at 22.50 and now the night was no longer young, but we had successfully found a total of 7 lost walkers and a dog over the previous hours.

Many thanks to our unpaid volunteers for turning out, to the support their families give them and to our friends in Buxton, Glossop and Edale MRTs for assisting. It had been a busy day for the teams around Kinder.

Neil Woodhead

Deputy Team Leader

45: Callout Saturday, 2nd December 2017

We were called at 16.39 to locate a family of five including 3 children and a dog, who were lost in the mist on Kinder Scout. Initial information from the police put them in a very boggy area near the 629 spot height. A fast response hill party was despatched towards this location. Visibility was poor in the mist and it was now dark.

We were then lucky to get a successful response from SARLOC which put the family much closer to Hayfield and in a much easier location to access. As our second hill party was about to deploy, we diverted them towards the new location from Tunstead Clough. Further details confirmed this second location and the first hill party was also diverted there.

Both hill parties arrived on scene within seconds of each other and were able to escort the family off the hill to the waiting Land Rovers, for a drive back to base. All ended successfullyy, the children had a real adventure and the Springer Spaniel enjoyed the experience as well.

The team were stood down at 19.31 and the night was still young for our unpaid volunteers to enjoy…….or could they?