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...I was driving past Sligachan heading for the waterfalls when I noticed a large gathering at the Mountain Rescue hut, I kept driving to the lay-by and set up my tripod camera a longest lens, still a long way from the mountain for people watching.
I could hear the noise of a helicopter but couldn't see it even through my field glasses, eventually it appeared around the edge of Sgurr nan Gillean,and I could see the pinprick sized figure on the hill, in V1
The chopper soon had a man on the ground with the climbers, in V2.
A rope is attached to the two climbers and they're lowered down to safer ground by the crewman. V3 & V4.
The chopper returns to pick up crewman after the climbers are on safe ground. V5.
In the last shot a pano of the mountain the climbers were approaching, you can see how far they managed before rescue was needed. V6.

I don't know if this was a real rescue or an exercise, I feel that it was real with the amount of people on site, but they may have had further rescues set up for the day.
It looked to me from the ground that the snow they had just started walking on was a sheet of ice after the sun had been shining on it.

***all images cropped from 100% image blow ups

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mountain Rescue...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:22 Apr 2013 - 10:46 AM
Tags:Highlands, Isle of skye, Lochaber, Mountain Rescue, Photo journalism, Scotland, Skye, Sligachan
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barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 10:55 AM

looking at these image I wondered why the rescue...
looks like pretty straight forward walking/clinbing....
But of course many things could have needed the rescue
great reporting from you

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 11:00 AM

Excellent and fascinating reportage, Dougie.

RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 11:08 AM

You sure needed your longest lens to capture these images, Dougie: like Barbara, I feel they do not seem to be in too precarious a position but there must have been unknown (to us) factors operating.
Good record of the event, and what a wonderful shot of the locale in V 5.......rich winter colours in near f/g, more muted tones beyond and the snow filled gullies and slopes as a backdrop.

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 11:19 AM

As I said in the caption I have no idea if this was real or an exercise, they may have gone on to do harder and harder exercises, I continued my journey after the chopper vanished around the side of the mountain.
We probably will never know.

rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 11:47 AM

Observation of a rescue Dougie, well explained and taken.

almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 12:45 PM

Great series, I can't help thinking it was an exercise if they only moved the climbers a short distance. Usually if a proper call out then it's the end of the day for the climbers and they are put back at the bottom of the hill (so my friends in the local team tell me). You did well to spot them at all at that distance!

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8669 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1188 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 12:50 PM

Right place, right time. And impressive detail.

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 1:50 PM

Good reporting Dougie. I think it must have been a practice. Helicopters don't come cheap here and only in a real emergency. Great shots with only your 300 lens.....Sandy

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 2:18 PM

Fascinating - and excellent reporting Dougie. It reminds me of the time when Christopher and I were having supper in his croft house near Achmelvich. We were looking out and could see flares being sent up from an area over the sea. Being good citizens we phoned the emergency services to report the flares, only to be told that they were being sent up as part of an exercise. The flares were white - which I imagine are used in exercises only! BlushBlush

ChristineD Plus Member 9ChristineD vcard England
22 Apr 2013 - 3:46 PM

fascinating reportage, and a stunning in v5

NDODS Plus Member 43924 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom108 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 3:50 PM

An interesting set of reportage images with a very strong message lying within.

I know only to well after spending a lot of my Military career working and operation in such conditions that one cannot become complacent. "You can't take the mountains out of the man, but you can take the man off the mountains".

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 3:58 PM

Well Ann it's important to let the emergency people know if you see flares, no matter what the colour. Minutes make a big difference in the saving of lives at sea.
The sea around our coast is always cold and the body loses heat quickly.
No need to blush.
I was on the ferry to Lewis a few years back and the Coast Guard chopper did a drop and lift off the stern of the ferry to the huge excitement of the passengers.
The guys make it look so easy and casual but in bad weather it can be very hard.


andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 6:53 PM

a wonderful set of well reported captures dougie top work Wink

danbrann Plus Member 10517 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 6:57 PM

I bet you enjoyed doing these. probably thought you were back at work...

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 7:00 PM

Quote: I bet you enjoyed doing these. probably thought you were back at work...

Just a wee twinge Danny. Wink

moiral  4 Scotland
22 Apr 2013 - 8:02 PM

You must have the eyes of a hawk Dougie - to see all that so far away. Still, always an eye for a story, eh!
Real or practice, these guys are something else to be able to go out in bad conditions and perform as they do.

22 Apr 2013 - 10:33 PM

Interesting to see, always amazes me how helicopters can hover in the way they do.
Thanks for your "vivid imagination" comment on my noodles and coffee beans, alias pebbles and seaweed!!! I really enjoyed reading it - thanks; humour is always good, perhaps not enough sometimes?

brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 11:44 PM

These rescue teams are often endangering their own life to rescue some stupid people. Well done the team, either way - real rescue or exercise. What a great chance to watch it!

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