Photo of the day – mountain rescue team

 

mr team

Photo by: Marty O’Connor

The North West Mountain Rescue team coming of Croagh Patrick on reek Sunday. Every team on the island attends to provide cover for up to 20,000 pilgrims climbing the mountain on the last Sunday of July.

The exercise starts around 3.00 the night before when the teams deploy, A team can deal with three or four  causality’s on the day who are either air lifted off or carried depending on the injury involved.

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  • Rapunsell

    Climbed the Reek for the first time August past, following a failed attempt whilst on holiday as a child 30 odd years ago. Its a fantastic peak and the day we were up well I’d estimate at least 3000 climbers from a combination of competitors in the Gaelforce west race I think , pilgrims and then hill walkers like myself. My own children – reluctant hillwalkers themselves didn’t come with us and were amused later when I told them there was a wee shop at the summit selling crisps, mars bars and coke.
    I’d say I’m above average fitness for my age but its a tough climb at the summit with the loose rock and scree slipping under the feet. The mountain is terribly eroded however and I read somewhere that the various mountaineering bodies regard it as the most eroded mountain in Britain and Ireland. Something needs to be done and as i’m no fan of prohibiting access to the mountains the solution has to be some sort of temporary closure accompanied with pathway construction/repair. This has been done to great effect on Diamond Hill in Connemara national park.
    Anyway – fair play to the mountain rescue volunteers, hope I never need them but nice to know they are there.