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Mountain rescue team reports busy month

Posted 30 November 2012
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Edale Mountain rescue Team has had its busiest ever November, following a wide range of incidents in the Peak District.

Speaking to Grough, a team spokesman described the various different incidents, which ranged from slips leading to leg injuries to more unusual cases, such as one man out on the moors in an inebriated state and a vulnerable woman who had run off onto the moors without appropriate outdoor clothing.

He mused: "The team said November is often a quiet month with typically just a handful of incidents. 2012 has certainly proved the exception to that rule."

The case of the vulnerable woman saw a large search taking place on the moors between Ringinglow and Hathersage, with South Yorkshire Police also involved. When she was found, the woman was taken to an ambulance and warmed up.

Hypothermia is increasingly a risk for those who go walking without the right attire. Thermal clothing and waterproofs are both vital to help maintain body temperature, while a warm drink and boiled sweets that release sugar into the system quickly can also help.

Alcohol is certainly not a useful thing to be drinking as it dehydrates and contributes to a lower body temperature. The incident in which an 'injured' walker turned out to be the worse for wear after a day of drinking occurred on Hollins Cross, part of the ridge between Rushup Edge and Hope that also includes Lose Hill and Mam Tor. Descending this ridge is usually a simple task for those who are fit and sober.

The Edale area is one that walkers can enjoy if they are well-prepared, but it also contains some long walks and the highest ground in the national park, with Kinder Scot topping out at 2,088 ft. Being very flat on top, it is exposed to some very cold winds.

With winter fast approaching, crampons and other winter equipment may be essential items, as will Ordnance Survey maps and compasses. However, the time of year may offer some outstanding reasons to walk there, with the huge icicles on Kinder Downfall when the waterfall freezes being among the highlights of a cold snap.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801498129-ADNFCR