Who are LMRT?
LMRT was set up in the late 1960s by local climbers to help fellow climbers in difficulty in the mountains of Lochaber and especially on Ben Nevis. The team was then, and is still today, staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. The current team membership stands at approximately forty men and women of various ages ranging from early twenties to early sixties.
Mountain rescue is about team work. All our team members undergo training to ensure they reach a high level of proficiency in general mountaineering, rescue and first aid skills. Our team also contains specialists in various fields including rope work, medical care, climbing and logistics.
All team members must be committed summer and winter mountain enthusiasts, with a love and knowledge of the hills, an ability to carry heavy loads on their back, and a desire to help those who find themselves requiring rescue in the outdoors.
What does LMRT do?
At the request of the police, LMRT attend incidents that are remote from the road side and/or where the normal emergency services are unable to operate. These rescues vary from climbers stuck on the sheer North Face of Ben Nevis, to canoeists stuck in inaccessible gorges.
We attend rescues day or night, 365 days of the year and in all weather conditions;
We cover Ben Nevis, a mountain enjoyed by a wide variety of visitors, from winter and summer climbers of all abilities, to first-time mountain walkers who may never climb another hill. The Mountain Path on Ben Nevis is used by 70000 – 100000 people a year and is in constant use by tourists, regular hill-walkers, runners, charity fundraisers, and descending climbers. It provides a steady stream of casualties suffering everything from minor sprains to serious and fatal injuries.
LMRT does not only help climbers and hill walkers, although this is the main group who are assisted. We will attend any incident where casualties are in a remote area or in an inaccessible location that requires rope-work to extricate them.
The number of incidents LMRT attends has been increasing year on year to the current level of between 80 and 100 rescues per year. Some of the larger searches, in areas such as Knoydart, may take many days at a time; with up to 100 personnel being involved including members of other rescue teams drafted in to help.
We also deploy team members to assist other mountain rescue teams and agencies when our assistance is requested.
Why do we do it?
All LMRT members are keen outdoor enthusiasts who understand that no matter how fit, experienced or well-equipped you are, things can always go wrong. We know that mountain rescue volunteers often provide the only chance of rescue for those lost, injured or stuck in remote or inaccessible locations. We gladly give our time to assisting others knowing that one day it might be our friends, family members or ourselves who require mountain rescue.