VIDEO: Meet the Peak District’s Edale Mountain Rescue Team

Edale Mountain Rescue Team
taken at The Moorlands pub, Owler Bar, Sheffield, 25/4/15
Edale Mountain Rescue Team taken at The Moorlands pub, Owler Bar, Sheffield, 25/4/15
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The Edale Mountain Rescue Team has been saving stranded walkers and climbers in the Peak District for 60 years.

The team is made up entirely of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and attended 138 incidents in 2015, which marked their busiest year since 2010.

The latest aspirants to qualify as on call team members have spent the last 18 months learning hill skills, first aid and navigation in order to join one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the country.

In February, the new team members spent a weekend putting their skills to the test through rescue scenarios, night time navigation and camping out in shelters they made themselves, all under a foot of snow.

Over the weeks that followed, the team have hit the streets fundraising, carried out extensive training and spoken about the commitments they make as team members and the vital work they do.

Owen Bellwood spent a week getting to know the team and finding out about the work they do on and off the hill.