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The Sandpiper Trust shared a post.
1 month ago
Following on from a sunny holiday weekend seems the time for one final mention that ride the north works collaboratively with 15 charities - all of whom are active on the ground in the local area and some throughout Scotland. We still have approximately 50 charity spaces that are available - these spaces can be accessed by any of our partners www.ride-the-north.co.uk/charity-places/
The event requires 170 ish miles (2 days of 85 miles) cycling around NE Scotland on the final weekend of August. It's not a competitive event - there's no racing. It is a sociable event - there are refreshment stops every 18-20 miles and you'll meet plenty of friendly people who'll give you lots of encouragement and support.
There are four months (of summer sunshine) to train ...and wherever you live there is some great cycling nearby and cafes that serve fantastic cakes! If you think this might be for you, please contact any of the charities featured on the above link.
I'd really appreciate any shares of this to help reach beyond those who already take part! Much appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less
The Sandpiper Trust shared a post.
2 months ago
A tragic day on Ben Nevis with 3 climbers being killed and fourth seriously injured after being caught in an avalanche in Number 5 Gully. Our sincerest condolences go out to the families and friends of the climbers who lost their lives.
The callout came from a member of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service who saw the avalanche and a guide climbing in the locality.
The team responded with assistance from Glencoe MRT, and a group from the Joint Services Mountain Training Centre (JSMTC) who were training in the area. There was a total of 29 volunteers mountain rescuers who attended the incident.
Conditions were very difficult with very high winds, snow and thunder and lightening which restricted the support the MCA helicopters could provide despite some excellent flying.
We would like to thank everyone who assisted during the day, Glencoe MRT, the SARH helicopters and the JSMTC. We would like to put out special thanks to Graeme Moss of SAIS, JamesThacker mountain guide, Richard Bentley mountain guide who all assisted.
This year we increased our team size by recruiting a further 14 aspirant team members. Today was the first major incident some had attended and everyone performed brilliantly under difficult circumstances.
We would like to thank Police Scotland for their support and dealing with all the enquiries which naturally follow incidents of this scale.
This is the third avalanche in No 5 Gully since Saturday. On Saturday evening aa group of four climbers were avalanched while climbing in the gully. One person was swept down the gully but luckily was not buried or suffered injury and they made their way to the CIC Hut. The other 3 climbers were crag fast and team members carried on to rescue the rest of the party. A member of the SMC who was in the hut climbed up and assisted the climbers down allowing the team to stand down.
Also on Saturday, Lochaber assisted in the search and recovery of the climbers in Glencoe. the same day there was a hill walker on Ben Hiant, Ardnamurchan who suffered what was a suspected broken arm and was airlifted by a SARH helicopter.
We would urge climbers to check the SAIS avalanche information before heading out at moment. The high winds and snow are creating high avalanche risk conditions, with natural releases possible on certain aspects.
This evening a personnel locator beacon has reported on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Glencoe MRT, a local estate keeper and police are responding. ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
Thanks for this tweet from remote Scotland. I have spoken to several Sandpiper equipped responders lately, all extremely grateful that when asked to respond voluntarily to life threatening incidents they have a Sandpiper bag and a cosy jacket at hand. ... See MoreSee Less
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