Incident 57/2017 – Aug 7th Mon. 22.21 – Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

3 people (m,40 f,39, 9) undertaking the 3 Peaks walk, were unable to negotiate limestone pavement and field walls above Beecroft Hall as darkness fell, due to inadequate lighting.

3 team members with a local police officer located the walkers, provided them with lights, and escorted them down to a team vehicle before dropping them at their car in Horton in Ribblesdale.

Volunteer hours:6

Going out in the hills?

Essential kit you should always carry

  • Map and compass, torch and head torch.and a whistle
  • Without a torch, map and compass are useless after dark!
  • Both torch and whistle can be used to signal for help:
    Six good long blasts in a minute. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Continue until someone reaches you and don’t stop because you hear a reply. Your whistle blasts may be a direction finder.
    Don’t forget spare batteries and bulbs for your torches.

What to take with you

  • Suitable clothing — warm, windproof and waterproof. Layers work best!
  • Footwear — with a treaded sole which supports the ankles.
  • Spare clothing including hat and gloves — even in summer!
  • Ample food and drink for the day including high energy snacks such as chocolate, nuts or dried fruits.
  • Always carry water — even in cool weather it’s easy to become dehydrated.