LMRT is a rescue team. We are not responsible for mountain safety, training or advice.
All LMRT members are keen outdoor enthusiasts and we encourage you to enjoy being active outdoors, however we stress that you are responsible for your own safety in the hills. You/your group should ensure that you are sufficiently trained and equipped for your planned activity.
A map and compass should always be carried and you should be familiar with basic map/compass navigation skills. If carrying a GPS, this should be used in combination with map and compass and not relied upon alone for navigation.
If you are inexperienced or wish to improve upon your skills and knowledge you may consider joining a walking or mountaineering club or organisation, taking a training course or employing a qualified guide or instructor.
Winter hillwalking and mountaineering carries an increased risk and requires specific skill, knowledge and equipment. Avalanche risk awareness, avoidance and rescue techniques are essential skills for all winter walkers and climbers. Avalanche forecasts provide useful information, however you must continually observe snow and weather conditions for any potential avalanche hazard. Always be prepared to change your plans accordingly.
Safety advice and training links can be found below:
- The Mountaineering Council of Scotland
- Sport Scotland Avalanche Information Service
- Glenmore Lodge, National Outdoor Training Centre
- British Mountain Guides
- Association of Mountaineering Instructors
Weather in the mountains can change quickly and it is not unusual for the higher mountains to have snow on the tops all year round. Check the weather forecast before you go (links included below). Always be prepared to change your plans accordingly.
Always notify someone of your intended route and expected return time. You can do this by either leaving details with a family member or by filling out a ‘Going to the Hills’ form available from your local police station or download a copy.
What to do in an emergency
- Decide if your situation can be dealt with by your group. It can take several hours for a rescue team to reach you, depending on the location and weather. The best plan may be to continue descending, if safe to do so.
- If you do require assistance dial 999 and ask for POLICE, then MOUNTAIN RESCUE.
Do not expect a rescue to be immediate and do not expect a helicopter.
When in contact with the emergency services be prepared to provide information relating to the emergency. The following information will be asked for:
- Your name and contact number
- The nature of the problem or injury
- Location including grid reference / name of climb
- Name, age, and medical history of casualty
- The weather conditions where you are
A member of LMRT will normally attempt to call you back to gain further details that may be required, or to update you on the progress of a rescue.
The majority of our rescues occur on Ben Nevis. Climbing Ben Nevis involves risk at any time of year and by any route, including the Mountain Path. The Ben Nevis summit plateau requires careful navigation in poor visibility. Specific information regarding climbing Ben Nevis is shown on notice boards at the foot of the main access paths, and can be obtained from Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.