Mountain rescue team stage night navigation exercise

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The Arran Mountain Rescue Team completed their first training exercise of the new year with a night navigation exercise in the snow covered mountains.

Selecting the Caisteal Abhail and Witches Step area for the exercise, the team members split into two groups with one group beginning their first navigation leg up towards Suidhe Fhearghas and the other group heading for Sail an Im.

Each team member got to practice their navigation skills, taking it in turns for each leg while taking into account pacing, timing and choosing a safe route through the snow.

A spokewoman for the rescue team said: ‘We were extremely lucky to have some amazing winter weather conditions with clear skies and very little wind – a great night to be out.’

Pictures: Corinna Goeckeritz, Kirstie Smith, Ewan McKinnon, Dr David Hogg

Arran Mountain Rescue Team members navigate up the mountain with the mainland lights visible behind them. No_B02AMRT01

Team members and rescue dog make their way into the night in total darkness. No_B02AMRT02

Group members discuss their strategy in freezing conditions. No_B02AMRT03

Team members use modern technology as well as maps and compass for navigating. No_B02AMRT04

Snow and steep climbs provided members with challenging conditions. No_B02AMRT05