Busiest May on record for mountain rescue team

Edale Mountain Rescue Team
Edale Mountain Rescue Team at Birchen Edge Photo: Edale Mountain Rescue Team,

Summer has arrived and with it a spate of callouts for Edale Mountain Rescue Team. On Friday evening an unusually late climbing accident saw the team deployed to Stanage Edge near Hathersage. A young man had fallen around 10 metres while soloing. He had fractured both ankles and both wrists. After being given pain relief and having his ankles and wrists splinted he was carried down to the Plantation car park and transferred to an ambulance for transport to hospital in Sheffield.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team at Stanage Edge
Edale Mountain Rescue Team at Stanage Edge Credit: Edale Mountain Rescue Team

This job brought to 17 the number of callouts in May, which is a record for the team. During the course of the month the team assisted three climbers, seven walkers, a cyclist and a paraglider pilot.

They were also called out for four searches and rescued one dog! On the first day of June, the team were back at Stanage, this time to assist a 13 year old lad who had fallen while walking over the boulders at the foot of the crag following a days climbing. Fortunately he suffered only minor injuries and was swiftly treated and carried back to the roadside. Two jobs in quick succession on Sunday. The team were first called to a

mountain biker who had crashed on the bridle way between Hollins Cross and Castleton. He had managed to make his way down to the road to be met by an ambulance crew so the team were stood down and returned to base. Shortly afterwards the team was called out to Birchen Edge near Baslow.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team at Birchen Edge
Edale Mountain Rescue Team at Birchen Edge Credit: Edale Mountain Rescue Team

A lady from North Yorkshire had fallen while leading a climb on this popular crag. She fractured a wrist and was also treated for potential back injuries. Packed and wrapped by team members, she was then carried back to the road near the Robin Hood Inn and taken to hospital in Chesterfield.