Mountain rescue team enjoy winter training in sunshine

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Arran Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) enjoyed sunshine, snow and spectacular views during their recent winter training exercise.

Heading up to Sail an Im, north of Caisteal Abhail, team members took part in a training session which involved a mixture of ropework and casualty assessment/handling.

An AMRT spokesperson described the training as ‘a superb day in some lovely winter sunshine’.

While the sun was shining, conditions underfoot with snow on the ground were far icier than last month’s training when the team traversed the island in small teams from east to west and west to east, with each group choosing their own routes and navigating across the island.

Training plays a big part in being a AMRT member, with members taking part in regular formal courses and in-house workshops, as well as planned exercises in the hills and mountains in all weather conditions.

All AMRT members are volunteers and receive no pay for rescues or their time. New team members serve a 12-month probationary period and receive extensive training before becoming full team members.

Photographs: AMRT

AMRT members lower a stretcher down the side of a steep valley during training. No_B51AMRT01

Thick snow can be found on some of the higher peaks on Arran. No_B51AMRT02

An AMRT member looks out from a frozen mountain towards the sea. No_B51AMRT03

Team members practice their ropework skills while lowering a stretcher down the mountain. No_B51AMRT04

The mountain rescuers are treated to a spectacular sunset after a day’s training in the mountains. No_B51AMRT05