Keswick Mountain Rescue Team is situated in the English Lake District, which includes England’s highest mountains, Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell Pike – all of which are in its area of responsibility. The weather in this part of the country can change rapidly, and apart from walkers and climbers commonly suffering broken ankles as results of slips, it is quite easy to become lost and benighted as a result of the sudden deterioration in weather. There are many crags for climbing and the gullies of Great End provide a popular winter attraction. The Team was formed in 1947 after the particularly long and arduous rescue of Wilfrid Noyce from the Shark’s Fin on the Napes of Great Gable in 1946. Colonel ‘Rusty’ Westmorland thought that the time had come to form an organised mountain rescue team so he put an advertisement in the local ‘Keswick Reminder’ for volunteers to come forward.
Keswick MRT is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK, with around 80 rescues each year. The members are all volunteers, from all walks of life. They give up their time freely to answer calls any time, day or night, 365 days per year. In addition to rescues, a considerable amount of time is spent in training. The standard of primary care for the casualties, and technical expertise, is very high, to meet the expectations of the times.
Read ’60 Years’ – A Retrospect by George Bott (who sadly passed on in December 2002).
If you would like to purchase a copy, please send a cheque for £8.50 (made payable to Keswick MRT) to Mick Guy, Limhus, High Hill, Keswick, Cumbria. CA12 5PB. This includes postage and packaging. If you need to contact Mick, email him.