The Coire above the Hidden Valley.
Thousands of people walk up the Hidden Valley each year. Known as Coire Gabhail it is the main target for folks with only a day or so to spare.
Equally thousands of people walk the West Highland Way each year, from just South of Loch Lomond up to Fort William.
Inevitably a few of them have problems. Two parties were found and helped by the Glencoe Rescue team in one weekend in July.
A couple of Dutch walkers lost their way near the Kings House Hotel on Rannoch Moor around 11.00pm. They wouldn't be the first people to be lost and confused in that pub. They had to be found first before being taken to Glencoe village. A lady walking in the Hidden Valley tripped, twisted her ankle and had to be stretchered down the hill.
Have you ever tried to carry someone on a stretcher? Going down a rough path on a steep hill? It is very hard work I can tell you.
The rescuers are all volunteers, unpaid. They are on stand by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is a call out somewhere, on average once a week. They depend mostly upon public support.
This is a website whereby you can buy stuff online and a percentage goes to the Glencoe Rescue team so technically it does not cost a penny. You can help the Teams finances without giving a donation through this site
The founder of the team is Hamish McInnes. See our other blog posting for news of him.
ps.November seems to be filling up in the cottage, but not October so much. Why is that?