• Nights are drawing in...

    Tue, 28/08/2012 - 16:36

    It might only be the end of August (at the time of writing) but it is much cooler outside, even without the wind and rain, and there's noticably less daylight by 7 pm.. Time to check you've packed those waterproofs and check the batteries in you torch. Of course, we both know they've been in your hill bag all summer 'just in case', but just to be sure...?

  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

    Sat, 16/06/2012 - 10:16

    The team is proud to annouce the award of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal to about 25 team members
  • Mike Matchell Memorial Fund (Mike's FUnd)

    Mon, 11/06/2012 - 20:20

    This fund is aimed primarily at providing small grants to help disadvantaged young people take part in sport or foreign travel.

    How much can you apply for?
    • Maximum grant will normally be £500 over one year

    Who can apply?
    • Young people between 11 and 21 and organisations working with young people. Applications from individuals should set out how and why a trip will benefit them.

    This is a means tested grants programme. Applicants’ total household income must be less than £450 per week (excluding all benefits).

    Mike Machell's fund is earmarked particuarly for mountain sports and mountain travel, so if you know any adventurous young people, please make them aware of the financial help that's available..

  • Trainee search dog, Ted makes grade 2

    Mon, 16/04/2012 - 10:09

    Ted is now a full SARDA trainee search dog after passing a somewhat belated obedience test and has officially moved from grade 1 to grade 2.
  • Word cloud

    Wed, 28/03/2012 - 21:05

    We've created a 'word cloud' using a bit of jiggery pokery. It shows the frequency with which words appear in the text of the website incident reports. A little bit of fun!
  • Michael Machell

    Sun, 04/03/2012 - 17:57

    Following the tragic death of team member, Michael (Mic) Machell, a fund has been established to assist young mountaineers in gaining experience to take them forward.

    Although in the early stages of being established, it has already recieved a number of substantial donations from Mike's family, friends and LAMRT colleagues.

    For further details, watch this space.

  • Sad news

    Mon, 16/01/2012 - 19:22

    Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was deeply saddened at the news of the death of Michael Machell, one of its former members, in a climbing accident in California on 14 January.  He travelled to America to study for a year at Berkely University.

    Michael, a former student at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria, was involved with the Team, as a trainee and full member, for three years from 2008 to 2011.  He graduated from the University of Cumbria with a first class Honours Degree. He attended approximately one hundred and seventy rescues in that time.  His interest in mountain rescue was just one manifestation of his deep love for climbing and the outdoors.  

    Nick Owen, Team Leader, said “Michael was a great friend, a regular climbing partner, and a committed team member. His youthful energy and boundless enthusiasm was infectious. He will be sadly missed by all current and former team members"

    Michael was 23 years old.

  • Navigation by mobile phone

    Fri, 20/05/2011 - 20:50

    We have now dealt with a number of incidents where people have become lost using a mobile phone to navigate. These devices may well work if the right mapping is installed, and the instructions have been fully understood, but otherwise risk being worse than useless. They also drain batteries significantly faster than when using the phone only.. BEWARE!! Car sat-navs are equally useless.. The less preparation you make, the more likely you are to spend a cold, miserable, wet night out on the fells!
  • Sad news

    Sun, 08/05/2011 - 20:16

    We are deeply saddened to report that searchdog Beinn tragically died at the age of 6 years. Handler, Roger and Beinn had attended over 100 callouts in 3 years and had made some fantastic finds, undoubtedly saving the lives of those involved. Beinn will be much missed by the team and our best wishes go out to Beinn's many friends. He will be as much missed foraging for biscuit crumbs around base as he will be out on the hill....
  • Use your brain

    Wed, 20/04/2011 - 22:07

    This poster is one of three drawn by young people who had made and sold cakes to fundraise for us! It speaks volumes!!
  • Einich and Joy make the grade

    Sat, 16/04/2011 - 18:29

    Team member, Joy Grindrod and dog Einich have passed their final assessment and are now fully qualified as Search Dog and handler. Congratulations to both.

  • Sad news

    Sat, 19/03/2011 - 13:38

    It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that long time team member, Graham Hartley, has died. Graham served as an active team member for many years and then in a pastoral role. He will be very much missed.

    Graham's funeral will take place at HolyTrinity Church, Chapel Stile, on Tuesday 29th March

  • Winter 2011

    Tue, 04/01/2011 - 11:46

    OK, I give up.. the weather keeps changing, but the message is the same...please remember your basic safety precautions.. map, compass, whistle, survival bag, extra clothes, torch and brain... all the information for a safe day out is readily available.. weather forecasts and sunset times. It's approximately 3 degress C cooler every 1000' climbed, and much colder when you're forced to be imobile.. and there's still a lot of snow and ice around...

  • MBE for Mo

    Tue, 04/01/2011 - 11:44

    The team is delighted to announce that long serving team member, Mo Richards has been awarded an MBE for her service to mountain rescue.

  • Winter has arrived

    Fri, 12/11/2010 - 17:04

    Winter has arrived good and proper. It's cold, windy and getting dark very early. We've had snow and there's plenty still around. Be prepared. There have been repeated snowfalls and back roads and mountain passes are treacherous.

  • Book and film now available to buy....

    Sun, 03/10/2010 - 17:08

    Copies of DVD 'Between the Stones' and our book, 'Light on the Fell' are now available. DVD is £10 and book, £19.95... P&P incl. Send a cheque payable to LAMRT to Langdale/Ambleside MRT, Lowfold, Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 9HX....The book is a celebration of the last , and first(!), 40 years of the team, with Annual Report snippets, photos and experiences. The DVD is the work of team member, Joy Grindrod, and is two years in the life of the team. It features footage from rescues, training and interviews with team members and casualties.

  • Autumn is here

    Sat, 17/07/2010 - 12:31

    Nights are drawing in, and the weather is getting cooler. Time to check the torch batteries (what do you mean "what torch"!?) Put another layer in your bag, put a couple of choclote bars in a pocket for emergencies, and switch brain to winter mode. Colder weather is forecast, and we've already had hailstones and some pretty wild weather....

  • Prolonged dry spell

    Fri, 25/06/2010 - 21:33

    We are currenlty enjoying a prolonged dry spell. This is making excellent conditions, but the down-side is that it is also very warm. Take plenty of fluid with you and don't rely on being able to top drinks from natural water sources..they're drying up. Sun hat and sunscreen will also prove useful. out for thunder and lightning! Also worth noting that many of the lakes are becoming a hazard to dogs, due to blue/green algae blooms (Cyanobacteria). Watch for warning sign and don't let your dog swim in or drink the water. It can be fatal!

  • Film Premier

    Thu, 10/06/2010 - 11:58

    The first Ambleside Mountain Festival will include the premier of the Team's new film 'Between The Stones'. Up-to-date information about the festival can be found at or

     More details of the film can be found at

  • New website for the team

    Sat, 01/05/2010 - 06:58

    After much hard work by a great bunch of volunteers the team's new website has been launched. Linked with our Facebook page, we hope to keep you even more up-to-date than before, with faster access to photos, more news, and opportunities to comment.

    We've kept the old site alive - it's at If we've missed anything in the move to the new site, then let us know. We haven't got all the past incidents into this site yet, but it'll happen!

  • Summer is taking over

    Sun, 18/04/2010 - 22:38

    Summer conditions are finally succeeding over the prolonged winter we enjoyed. Despite this, please remember that you still need a map, compass, torch, whistle, waterproofs and spare warm clothes. Temperatures are still dropping to 6 or 7 degrees Celcius when the sun goes in and the wind picks up.

  • Winter Conditions

    Sun, 17/01/2010 - 01:50

    Prolonged winter conditions experienced so far this year have been rare in recent years, however the message is the same as always.

    Be prepared. Experience, appropriate equipment, and sound judgement are crucial. Ice axe, crampons, warm clothing and reliable torches are vital in current conditions.

    Remember as well, soft snow is exhausting to walk in, frozen snow is very slippery.

  • Kirkstone Pass

    Sun, 10/01/2010 - 10:33

    The road is still impassable, but despite this a number of vehicles are continuing to try to cross.

  • Flooding

    Sat, 21/11/2009 - 23:00

    Access continues to be difficult to some areas, with floodwater still present and extensive damage to many road surfaces and edges. The cleanup will take some considerable time.

    The Ambulance Service will be resident in our base for some time, while their own station is dried out and repaired.

    The rainfall has been described as 'one in a millennium' event, which, given it's only 4 years since we suffered a 'one in 100 years' event is a bit of a worry! It would have helped considerably if people took notice of 'road closed' signs and didn't continue to drive into deep water without thinking through the consequences! Even the flashest four wheel drive is still a car, not a boat. Boats tend to be pointy at the front, are waterproof underneath, and don't have doors that open below the waterline.

  • New Vehicle

    Mon, 05/10/2009 - 10:00

    Vehicle Officer, Nick Wright receives the key for our new ambulance, known affectionately as Mobile 3 from Colin Todd of Crake International.

    They converted the vehicle from a Landrover supplied by Lakeland Landrover.

  • Eddie Izzard Marathon

    Sat, 15/08/2009 - 10:00

    Team members join Eddie Izzard on his 18th marathon (of 43) and run up Kirkstone Pass from Windermere.

    Six miles uphill in the rain. We get a ride down from the top, Eddie runs on to spend the night in Patterdale.

    It's all in aid of Comic Relief, so isn't as mad as it sounds.

  • Search Dog Kitt makes the grade!

    Sun, 10/05/2009 - 23:00

    Two years of hard work by dog and handler has resulted in them qualifying as a search dog team!

    The reward.....many more years of hard work! Long walks in the dark over Crinkle Crags in all weather, more get the message!

  • Important information about navigating on Crinkle Crags

    Mon, 16/03/2009 - 14:00

    An electric fence was installed to 'heaf' the new stock of sheep into the Duddon Valley following on from Foot and Mouth disease. This runs from Three Shires Stone, to Cold Pike and then on to Crinkle Crags. It then runs down over Adam-a-Cove, Black Crag and the down to Hardknott Summit. There is also a spur that runs up from Gaitsgill up one side of Little Stand, round and down again.

    This is generating a magnetic field which affects compasses in a seemingly random way, making them unreliable in an area already notorious for people becoming lost.

    In good weather this is unlikely to cause a problem, but in poor visibility or darkness people may be within range of the effect without realising. The effect is noticed within about 30m of the fence.

    There appears to be no immediate solution, and the fence is going to be in place until approximately 2007

    Update.....31st January....The fence is in the process of being removed. It is still present in some places, but not continuous. It is not electrified, so shouldn't effect compasses. During its life it has been an effective 'handrail' and now probably shouldn't be relied upon. May the fun continue!!

  • Winter Conditions

    Sun, 01/02/2009 - 01:47

    Prolonged winter conditions experienced so far this year have been rare in recent years, however the message is the same as always.

    Be prepared. Experience, appropriate equipment, and sound judgement are crucial. Ice axe, crampons, warm clothing and reliable torches are vital in current conditions.

    Remember as well, soft snow is exhausting to walk in, frozen snow is very slippery.

  • Two new Landrover 1st Response Ambulances

    Sat, 08/11/2008 - 15:45

    Today we took delivery of our two new Landrover 1st Response Ambulances.

    The purchase of one of these was funded entirely by a very generous donation from Mrs. Mavis Mellor, in memory of her husband Frank E. Mellor.

    The vehicle has been named in his honour... Mavis visited us for the day with her friend Marjory, joining us for a tour of our base, lunch and the trip to Lakeland Landrover at Torver to collect the new vehicles.