the 1950s and early 1960s a group composed largely of shepherds,
stalkers, foresters and the like, formed a rescue unit in Kintail and
Glenshiel to help those in trouble on the local hills. By the mid
sixties, records show that the Kintail Mountain Rescue Unit was an
established rescue organisation with appointed office bearers. The
local topography, which is characterised by large areas of consistently
steep ground and well-defined ridges, is of a particularly demanding
nature. Even in the earliest times the team was involved in challenging
work in all seasons and at all altitudes, sometimes involving
Kintail Lodge Hotel (a Red Cross aid post) provided space to store
equipment as far back as the fifties and this continued, on and off,
for many years. There is a record of a MR Post at Morvich from the mid
sixties, but this did not truly become the team's base until later.
Morvich is also the scene of the team's long association with the
National Trust for Scotland.
late sixties and early seventies, new closer relationships were forged
between police and civilians in mountain rescue. Ross and Sutherland
Constabulary advised on formal procedures and provided some equipment.
This period saw several climbers joining the team, bringing with them a
more technical approach.
growth in the popularity of mountaineering gathered pace through the
seventies and eighties it brought an increase in the number of
incidents. The eighties saw another influx of recreational mountaineers
to the area and to the team. Press and television attention increased
and the team appeared in both an entertainment programme and a grim
early nineties saw several plans come to fruition. Extensive
preparations to deal with potential incidents at the Falls of Glomach
were completed. Money was raised to buy a four-wheel-drive ambulance.
Further fund-raising boosted the purse to allow the team to extend the
existing MR post at Morvich to include a garage, a storage area and a
briefing area. During the same period, a walks booklet was written and
soon became a valuable part of the teams fund-raising efforts.
team's first vehicle has since been replaced by a Landrover and then a
second Landrover. The team also has two trailers. One Landrover
was replaced by a new one funded by the Order of St John in 2013 and in
2014 theTeam is exploring options for refurbishment of the second
team actively participates in the work of Scottish Mountain Rescue at
national level. Team members participate in meetings of the General
Committee, attend training events and participate in the development of
first aid, radio, funding and aeronautical support. The Team expects to
follow Scottish Mountain Rescue along the constitutional route of
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
team has long harboured the ambition of building a new rescue base. The
money required for this purpose is well beyond the normal funding
levels of the team. Additional fund-raising and a benevolent partner
will be required for success. Small Iimprovements to facilities at
Morvich continue to be undertaken.
2014, the team is developing a White Water Rescue capability that will
enable team member to enter wild mountain rivers safely when this is
necessary for search or rescue.
typical workload for the team is around nine substantial callouts per
year, though this can drop to two or rise to sixteen. Team strength is
usually between twenty and twenty-five members.
Kintail Mountain Rescue Association 2014