Mountain Rescue team to visit Bennachie

The Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team in action
The Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team in action

Several members of Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team will be camped out at the Bennachie Centre car park on Saturday (May 28).

It is a great opportunity for anyone interested to meet members of the team.

They will be bringing their land rover and specialist equipment for anyone interested to look at plus they will be available to talk to anyone interested in their work, becoming a volunteer, map reading issues, or any other matters.

The aim of their visit to Bennachie is to help people understand the issues in walking in the Aberdeenshire hills and mountains and how to do this activity more safely.

Team leader, Scott Steven, said: “We are very pleased to visit Bennachie without being called out on a rescue, as Bennachie figures very frequently in our annual statistics.”

Scott stated that already this year the team has been called to Bennachie many times to deal with several accidents including broken ankles, slipping on ice and disorientation.”

He added: “We are often called out alongside Police Scotland and Braemar Mountain Rescue Team to assist folks in the Bennachie area and in Aberdeenshire.”

Jackie Cumberbirch from Bailies of Bennachie said: “The Bailies of Bennachie, also a Scottish charity, are concerned with visitors’ safety on Bennachie.

“We are aware of the great work that Aberdeen Mountain Rescue team does every year and this voluntary team have to raise nearly £50,000 each year to cover equipment costs, access to helicopters etc.

“The Bailies will be giving the team a small donation of £500 towards their work in recognition of the work they do so ably on Bennachie.”

This informal event is also being supported by Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service, Forestry Commission Scotland and The Bennachie Centre Trust.

If you would like more information please contact The Bennachie Visitor Centre be calling 01467 681470.

The Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team will be at the Bennachie Visitor Centre from 10.30am to 2pm.

Anyone can head along and meet the team and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.