Torridon is home to some of the most beautiful and dramatic mountain scenery on the planet and plays host to countless hikers, climbers, bikers, runners, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts all year round.
The Torridon Mountain Rescue Team cover the area between Loch Maree to the north and Loch Carron to the south, and from Applecross in the West to Achnasheen in the East. In all, there are 16 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet) and 12 Corbetts (mountains over 2,500 feet) within the search area, including the iconic Torridon trio of Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe – some of the UK’s most challenging winter and summer climbing routes and consequently, some of the most technically difficult and dangerous rescue situations.
The TMRT have around 25-30 unpaid volunteers on the call out list and depend on donations from the public for the majority of their income.
Having been based out of the Torridon Youth Hostel for the past forty years, Torridon MRT is set to move to a custom-built premises at the foot of Liathach later this year where the team will be able to store and manage their kit, host regular training sessions, and most importantly, manage call-outs – including looking after the friends and family of casualties.
St John Scotland – who have contributed several million pounds to Scottish Mountain Rescue in recent years - has funded most of the construction cost but the team are in need of additional funds to complete and equip the new base and to assist with the associated operational costs.
In addition to organizing its own sponsored activities, TMRT is also appealing to the public and charitable organizations for funding support.
If you would like to help the team please visit www.justgiving.com/tkmountainrescue
Or to donate £5 by text, text TMRT33£5 to 70070
To find out more about Torridon MRT, visit torridonmrt.org.uk
Progress with the new base can be followed at facebook.com