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November and December 2021

November saw the team called out to the Mither Tap area of Bennachie for a walker with an injury to their lower leg. Following being assessed, made comfortable and packaged for a stretcher carry, the casualty was safely carried off the hill and transported to hospital.

From a balmy 13 degrees celsius on Bennachie, 48 hours later winter made its first appearance of the season, with some early snow cover signalling it was time to start digging around the garage for the axe and crampons. The month ended with Storm Arwen letting us know Autumn was definitely over with high winds causing some severe damage to local trails and woodlands in our patch.

On the 4th December, the team mustered for training in a snowy and occasionally windy Glenshee - wintry enough conditions to provide some realism for our avalanche response exercise.  Appropriate timing considering three avalanches were reported from elsewhere in the Cairngorms the day before. The team were subsequently mobilised overnight for a first light search for overdue walkers in the Cairngorms.  This concluded successfully; thanks to Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, Braemar Mountain Rescue and Coastguard Rescue 151.

While driving off-road on team support business on the 22nd December, one of the team happened upon a recently injured walker.  The casualty was given first aid and transported to where they could be passed to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.  We wish the casualty a quick recovery.