Series of interviews - Mountain Rescue Team

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Series of interviews - Mountain Rescue Team

In this series of videos I interview Iain Nixon, team leader of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team as we discuss three key subjects.

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1. How do you call Mountain Rescue and what to do in an emergency

2. Understanding the weather and planning for this.

3. What kit should you have with you 



1. How do you call Mountain Rescue and what to do in an emergency

This video takes you through how to call mountain rescue in the UK, you should dial 999 ask for Police then Mountain Rescue.

When connected, provide the following information:

Your location: Provide as precise a location as possible, including any landmarks, trails, or GPS coordinates if available.

Nature of the emergency: Describe the situation briefly, including the number of people involved, any injuries or medical conditions, and the type of assistance required.

Contact information: Provide your name and a contact number where you can be reached in case rescuers need to follow up or obtain additional information.

Stay on the line until the emergency operator has gathered all necessary details and provides instructions. It's crucial to remain calm and follow any instructions given by the operator while awaiting assistance from mountain rescue teams.


2. Understanding the weather and planning.

This video looks at the weather, how to plan for it and what are the things we should be thinking about.

Planning is key, start looking at the weather a few days before and critically, check it on the day. You can now get very localised weather forecast, as you climb up the hill the weather can be very different.

Key sources of good weather forecasting for the outdoor enthusiast –

Look at the ‘feels like’ temperature on any forecast, as this takes in the wind chill factor.

Layering is key with regard to clothing whilst outdoors, to keep warm as you can easily layer up and layer down as you warm up.

In warmer weather water is key, please do carry enough water. Little is often when keeping yourself hydrated in warmer weather.


3. What kit should you have with you 

When venturing into the great outdoors, ensuring you have the right equipment can make all the difference between a memorable adventure and a potential emergency.

Among the myriad of gear options available, assembling the best kit for hiking is paramount. From rugged terrains to unpredictable weather conditions, your kit should be versatile enough to handle whatever nature throws your way while remaining lightweight and compact for ease of transport.

In this video, we'll explore essential items to include in your hiking kit, tailored to maximize safety, comfort, and enjoyment on the trails. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or embarking on your first outdoor excursion, having the right gear can enhance your experience and help you make the most of your time in nature.

Kit, discussed in the video –

  1. Rucksack - what size of rucksack is needed

  2. Survival bag – There are a number of options available - Poly survival bag, Blizzard Blanket – key thing is to keep warm and dry

  3. Weather shelter – keeps you both warm and dry in an emergency.

  4. Navigation – It is essential that you carry a map, compass, GPS unit and mobile phone. You mobile phone must be accompanied by a powerbank to keep it going for a longer length of period.

  5. Clothing – Dress appropriately, use technical clothing – work on the principle of layering up and layering down.

    Think of all your layers and carry spare clothing

  6. First Aid Kit - Essential, think that you may also need for other people you come across on the trail.

  7. Torch, preferably headtorch. This gives you the security you need if you get caught in the dark.

  8. Food and drink - take more than you need, just in case.

  9. Keep everything dry - dry bags are essential to keep everything dry in your rucksack.


Further reading

1. Kit list - what's in my rucksack ahead of the Spine Challenger event.

2. What happens when you press a SOS button on an inReach device.

3. Safety in the hills - key points.


  • Peter Briggs

    Aware of most of the content. However although I use W3W for travel to I’d parking spots etc I was not aware of the facility to add the Grid Reference to the display. Now done, and will also ensure family and friends also aware.
    Another App worthy of everyone’s phone is OS Locate – also gives GR at a glance

  • peter bluemel

    Very helpful video – great information
    Thank you

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