KMRT kept on their toes with a packed weekend of exercises and call-outs!
After a relatively calm period this month, the team were jolted into full action mode by a very busy 3 days between Saturday 18 and Monday 20 February.
It all started with a call-out on Saturday afternoon/evening to a report of a man and his 12-year old son lost in the general area of the Woolpacks; they were soon found and escorted off the hill to the team’s base in Hayfield for a warm drink before being returned by a team member to their vehicle in Edale.
This was followed by an early start for team members with a surprise 6am exercise call-out; the exercise was expected, the very early start wasn’t!
In low cloud and drizzle, there ensued several hours of line-searching in the area of Cluther Rocks for 2 lost and cold walkers who had been out all night. Eventually, with the assistance of shouts from one of the lost walkers, they were found and treated for cold before being walked off the hill.
Later that day, the team welcomed the friends and family of the late Ken Beetham to base where the team were presented with a very generous donation exceeding £1000.
Then, just as team members were laying out their kit at home to dry off and preparing to warm up with hot drinks and a hot meal, the team received a call late in the afternoon to a report of 2 missing walkers in the area of Crowden Tower; hot drinks and meals were abandoned and, in atrocious conditions of wind, low cloud and drizzle, the team mobilised. Due to uncertainty over the location of the lost walkers, the Kinder Plan was put into place, resulting in the mobilisation of Glossop, Edale and Buxton teams to approach from all sides of the plateau.
Fortunately, yet another star performance by search dog Dolly and her handler Nick resulted in a relatively quick find enabling the other teams to be stood down prior to setting out; one of the lost party having lost a shoe in the mud, wellington boots were provided and they were escorted off the hill to warm up before being returned to their vehicle in Edale whilst team members proceeded to clean and sort the wet kit. The following is an excellent video by our very own ‘Cecille B DeMille’, Alan Howarth.
Finally, with kit still drying out, the team were once again called out on Monday afternoon to a report of a lone female walker who had become disorientated in the low cloud around Kinder Low. As the team were mobilising to locate her, she managed to orientate herself and make it safely back to her car.
All in all a very hectic few days in which the team, as always, performed brilliantly. Fortunately, Tuesday was quiet so the kit’s nearly dry and we’ve managed to catch up with ourselves and our families.
Kinder MRT is manned entirely by unpaid volunteers with the majority of its annual running costs, of approximately £25K, being generated by fund-raising activities by team members and supporters. If you would like to support the team, please follow this link http://www.kmrt.org.uk/fundraising/other-ways-to-give/