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September/October 2018

September saw the team expecting to be undertaking our annual rigging and lowering exercise in the Cairngorms, but this year it wasn't to be. The day before the exercise at 0300, the team were called out to assist in the search for two missing walkers on the Braeriach/Cairn Toul plateau along with Braemar MRT and Cairngorm MRT. The team deployed on foot from the Derry MR post at 0500 and headed for Corrour bothy. With no sign of the missing walkers at the bothy and no sightings of them from those staying there, the team headed up onto the Cairn Toul plateau and began line searching the area for any sign of the casualties. Around mid morning the radios crackled with the great news that the walkers had been located by Cairngorm MRT near Braeriach and a short time later the walkers were airlifed off the mountain by the Prestwick Coastguard Helicopter. The team descended the hill and headed back on foot to the MR post and onwards back to Braemar. Not long after leaving Braemar for home, the message came through of another callout. A walker with a lower limb injury needed assistance on Carn an Tuirc so members of the team re-mobilised and headed up to aid the casualty and recover them back to the waiting ambulance.

October saw the team get the chance to carry out our annual lowering exercise. We practise this type of training to ensure that all team members have the knowledge and skills to ensure they are safe working in a crag based environment and know the various methods used to extract a fallen or crag fast climber on crag faces or steep ground. We travelled to crags between Balmoral and Braemar where the team practised different scenarios that could be encountered when rescuing someone on a rock face, with various injuries thrown in to different scenarios determining how a rescue was carried out. The day culminated in a full team crag rescue of two 'casualties' with one of them requiring a simulated injury assessment and treatment followed by a stretcher extraction. 

As these types of real scenarios aren't encountered as often by AMRT as other teams, this was a great opportunity for the team to make sure we're all up to scratch and ready when the need arises again.