Monthly Archives: February 2016

The latest from Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team on the search for Tim and Rachel…






A large search today involving rescue teams from Cairngorm, Dundonnell, Oban, Skye, Sarda South and Lochaber. Unfortunately still no sign of Rachel and Tim.

A lot of time spent searching and probing avalanche debris in various locations. Cairngorm had a metal detector. Some of the team climbed Tower Ridge and looked into top of some of climbs on East Flank. The three SARDA dogs covered a lot of ground and supported teams when probing to see if any scent was released.

Ben Nevis stunning today with lots of climber with most of the classic routes getting a lot of traffic.

Rachel’s family have been overwhelmed by the response and the kind thoughts posted from all over the world and are very grateful. They were able to see the effort going into search first hand.

Above are a few pictures from the latest search.

Dottie the Dalmation’s Visit.




Recently we had a visit from “Dottie the Dalmation”. Dottie travels the country and her adventures are then documented in a fortnightly newsletter sent to seriously ill and disabled children. Above are some of the photos taken while “Dottie” visited our Blairgowrie Base.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team Search.


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Sadly conditions on Ben Nevis are preventing us from going out to look for Rachel and Tim. We managed to get R951 as a small window in the weather allowed an aerial search which unfortunately did not find anything.

Please keep forwarding in case there is someone who met/talked to/saw Rachel and Tim on either Saturday or Sunday.

While R951 was here, we received another call out for a reported avalanche on Creag Mheagaidh. The team were able to respond immediately with assistance of R951 who managed to get the team members to the location of the incident within 10 minutes of the call coming in. The incident was on the Sash/Pantomime area of the inner corrie. The picture shows the size and location of incident. Unfortunately, one of the casualties is a fatality and the other is seriously injured in the Belford hospital.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was assisted by Glencoe MR, Cairngorm MR, Glenmore Lodge MR as well as R951 with a total of 67 rescuers and one dog from Lochaber.

We also had a small report of an overdue in Glendessary which fortunately was a well intentioned shout.

If you are intending to go out please check out the SAIS web page as conditions are challenging.

Aberfeldy Highland Ball.



The committee of Aberfeldy Highland Ball chose Tayside Mountain Rescue as their 2015 charity. Members of the Association attended the Charity Ball in December, and this week, Lesley Anderson (committee member); Susan Russell (Vice President); and Richard Graham (President) were presented with a cheque for £4005 by the AHB organising committee. A fantastic amount and thanks go to all who contributed, from donating raffle prizes to buying tickets…much appreciated…