About The Team
members are volunteers from amongst recreational mountaineers and
hillworkers who live around the team area.
the team in 1988 having arrived in the area 10 years earlier from
Glasgow to be nearer the hills. He is a summer and winter hillwalker, a
rock climber and a winter climber. He served on the committee for 8
years as Deputy Team Leader, Training Officer and finally First Aid
Officer. He designed the extension to our base and is presently
involved in proposals to build a new base. A long term passion for the
mountains led to a trip to the Himalayas in the mid 1970s that has
recently been refuelled by walking and skiing trips to the Alps and
the team in about 1984 in Dachsteins and Salewa Classics. Has been
walking, climbing, dangling and crawling in most types of weather and
often contrary to the voices of reason, since his teens (70s). Often
punctuates exaggerated climbing stories with such phrases as "aye, but
that was before we had friends" or "you just didn't fall off in winter
in them days". Got his name in print a couple of times for following a
talented climber up something or achieving the ill-advised unscathed.
Exponent of night climbing (winter). A keen climber on rock and in
winter, devious enough to specifically modify a digit to increase its
suitability for finger cracks. Has climbed in the French and Swiss
Alps, the Picos de Europa and various European crags and sea cliffs.
Recites poetry when drunk.
The Shepherd splits
his time between building houses, crofting and hill shepherding and
still has time to go rock climbing, play shinty and do MR. Sometimes
photographed by the West Highland Free Press pursuing 'harmless fun'
with a piece of ash. He grew up in the area, has been going into the
hills for as long as he can remember and is training for the Mountain
About Former Team Members
The Crofter grew up at the
foot of the area's finest mountains. At the age of 15 he participated
in one of the earliest known rescues by those who became members of
Kintail MRT when he went to the aid of a fallen climber on the slopes
of the Five Sisters of Kintail while others went for help. He later
became leader of the team and played a role in the team until the
1990s. An accident report in the SMCJ refers to a rescue being
instigated after reports from "a farmer", somewhat understating his
contribution to mountain rescue in this locality.
Doctor was a
general practioner in the local practice in Kyle for many years. She
was an accomplished mountaineer and ski tourer with experience in the
UK and abroad. She took a keen interest in helping the team with first
aid training at a time when specialist and advanced first aid training
was not as easily come by as today. In a TV series about rescue
helicopters in 1989, she was seen taking the leading medical role in
two rescues, one in Kintail with the team and one other at sea with the
The Engineer was secretary
of the team in the earliest days of its formal organisation. He moved
to the area to supervise building of a nearby main road. He was an
accomplished climber and holds the distinction of getting a mention in
'Cold Climbs', the Scottish winter climber's 'bible'. Sadly, he was
killed in a road accident in France not long after leaving the area.
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