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Mountain Rescue...

By Scottishlandscapes  
...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

Tags: Scotland Skye Photo journalism Highlands Isle of skye Sligachan Lochaber Mountain Rescue

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 10:55AM
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

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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 11:00AM
Excellent and fascinating reportage, Dougie.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Apr 2013 11:08AM
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 winter colours in near f/g, more muted tones beyond and the snow filled gullies and slopes as a backdrop.
22 Apr 2013 11:19AM
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
15 8 8 England
22 Apr 2013 11:47AM
Observation of a rescue Dougie, well explained and taken.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 12:45PM
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 Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 12:50PM
Right place, right time. And impressive detail.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
22 Apr 2013 1:50PM
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
8 207 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 2:18PM
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
22 Apr 2013 3:46PM
fascinating reportage, and a stunning in v5
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 3:50PM
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
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 9 37 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 6:53PM
a wonderful set of well reported captures dougie top work Wink
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
22 Apr 2013 6:57PM
I bet you enjoyed doing these. probably thought you were back at work...

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

Just a wee twinge Danny. Wink
moiral 7 12 Scotland
22 Apr 2013 8:02PM
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 10:33PM
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 11 7 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2013 11:44PM
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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