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tgormley
2007-11-02 13:47:00
Mountain Rescue
I always enjoy the contributions by the likes of Bleck Cra, Wee Davie, Padodes and Alex92. Given the informal nature of the site, you would have to take forlorn hopes of a disappearing Dublin or criticism of mountain rescue teams with a few pinches of salt. That said, I share the general admiration for the volunteers who get involved in mountain rescue and would hate to think they were offended by being described in colourful and entertaining language.

I think we all know - particularly those of us who prefer the peace and quiet of solitary walks - that when we're out on the hills we take some risks and are responsible for what might happen. I go for the belt-and-braces: a 45 litre bag with whistle, headlamp, spare clothes, first-aid kit, a couple of litres of water, mobile phone and emergency blankets. Cliff Richard fans obviously go for the 'travelling light' option. By the way, do you know what I hate ... when I've spent an hour slogging up some slope with all that gear on my back and some guy in a tee-shirt and shorts runs past me, obviously out for a 10-minute warmup! Anyway, back to the risks. If I slip and get hurt and need help and someone turns up to offer it, it will be a very, very pleasant surprise and if there's a five-hour delay before they can get the helicopter (the helicopter!) to me, I might just count my blessings. I choose to be in remote, inaccessible places; I choose how much spare stuff to bring in case something goes wrong and I need to keep hydrated or warm or fed. Any decent folk who respond to my urgent phone call and try to help cannot be held responsible for the fact that I want to act the gobshite, even if they don't know quite what to do with me when they find me.

For some, the picture painted by Bleck Cra may portray a mountain rescue team who didn't know what they were at. For me, the striking image is of four adults heading out for a walk on the hills without the wit to keep themselves warm. What I want to know is, who let them out.


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