Who ya gonna call?

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 18/12/2014
Who would you ring in an emergency?

Whilst Ghostbusters may help out with unwanted spirits, who ya gonna call in a walking or climbing emergency?

A new succinct leaflet produced by the UK Search and Rescue Operators Group provides guidance on who to call for help when in the mountains or on the crags.

The aim of the leaflet is to provide guidance on which rescue service to ask for in an outdoor emergency, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Also explained is the Emergency SMS service that can be used when there is insufficient signal for a phone call, but for which you must register in advance.

Only a very small proportion of walkers and climbers ever get into difficulty. But when out and about yourselves, make sure you know who to call for help if ever required. And remember, whilst delivering a vital emergency service, all Mountain Rescue Team members are volunteers.

Walkers may also be interested in our free booklet, packed full of tips and advice. A pdf download and free hard copies are available from our online shop.

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It is also important to consider what number you'll need to ring in an emergency when climbing or trekking abroad.

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As Europe is unlocked, BMC travel insurance is loaded with the essential cover that you need for adventure.  

From 10 July, many European destinations are opening up to UK travellers. This means that you can still have your summer adventure – from sport climbing in Spain to trekking in the Alps.

BMC travel insurance comes in five policies: Travel, Trek, Rock, Alpine and Ski and High Altitude.

All of our policies include the following Coronavirus cover:

  • 24-hour emergency assistance helpline
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  • £100,000 Search, rescue and recovery cover

Please be aware that there is no cover for cancellation, curtailment, delays or journey disruption in any way caused by or resulting from coronavirus / Covid-19. Read more about the Covid-travel FAQs here


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Anonymous User
18/12/2014
Be nice if they mentioned that Mountain Rescue Teams are all volunteers. I'm amazed how many people think that I "work" for Mountain Rescue and don't know that we volunteer.
Jonathan Garside(author comment)
05/01/2015
Thanks for your comment, which has been reflected in the article.
Anonymous User
30/01/2015
How about abroad? Wonder how many people bother to find out the numbers for France, Spain or Kalymnos before they set off
Jonathan Garside(author comment)
30/01/2015
A very good point which is now reflected in the article.

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