Most regular hillwalkers will be aware of the Mountain Rescue Stretcher Box which is situated at Sty Head. There used to be 6 of these ‘Kits’ placed strategically round the Lake District mountains, but most have now gone. Not many people are aware of their origin. This account is adapted from an article written by Des Oliver some years ago. Des was a National Park Ranger and an active Team Member for 54 years.
Both Mountain Rescue Kits and Mountain Rescue Posts used to be marked on OS maps. A Kit identified a location where a quantity of rescue equipment had been placed at a suitable place on the fells and a Post identified the location of the HQ of the local rescue team. There have been Rescue Kits in one form or another since the late 1930s when people involved in climbing or hillwalking agreed to provide stretchers and First Aid equipment stored in rucksacks. These were placed were at suitable locations, hotels or farms at valley heads.