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Outside Shop Manager Plays Key Role in Edale Mountain Rescue

Matt Hood has worked for Outside for over four years and has been a member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team for over thirteen years.  In that time he has been called out to well over a hundred rescues and is now an Assistant Deputy Team Leader.  When on duty Matt is responsible for the operational running of a rescue team that is out on a call.

The Edale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) is one of the busiest teams in the UK.  This is due to Edale being located right in the heart of The Peak District in the Hope Valley, an area that is famous for its large amount of rock climbing and beautiful countryside.

2010 was their busiest ever year for the Edale MRT with 140 call outs.  We asked 'Hood' to comment on his year gone by and what it means for your life as a member of The Edale MRT.

"The main thing I have seen this year is friends and family of Outside staff being rescued more than ever before! Maybe I have just got to that age where that happens much like when all your friends seem to get married at the same time.

I have always enjoyed being a part of mountain rescue and although it can really mess up your plans from time to time I wouldn’t change anything about it (I might not say the same thing at 3am on a wet winters night if I'm out in the middle of Kinder)

I would like to thank Outside for helping me to be as available as possible in a time when it is more and more difficult for employers to let staff out for such things.  I also need to give a massive thank you to Angie, Emma and Roy at the Outside Shop in Calver who pick up the slack when I run out the shop shouting something about “going to Stanage back soon”.


Matt Hood is the Manager of the Outside Shop in Calver

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Warm Winter Climbing on Tower Ridge

Three times already this winter we'd arranged to go to Scotland for some winter climbing: three times already the elements had conspired against us and we'd reluctantly bailed. Watching people having it in perfect conditions when you're stuck in the Peak is hard enough, but watching the rainfall, wind speeds, and temperatures rise and strip everything literally moments before your days off is even worse. This time however we resolved to go whatever happens, so when once again the inevitable thaw kicked in on the evening we left, we gritted our teeth, tried to pretend it would be ok, and headed for the Ben. Arriving at the CIC hut at 7am in the sleet to find its inhabitants all packing up and leaving wasn't a particularly good start, and as the wind was pretty full on, the visibility pretty poor, the spindrift pretty hectic, and the snow now pretty unpredictable, we shirked our original plans of Point 5 or Hadrian's and decided on our back-up option for the day, Tower Ridge. 

Turned out to be pretty wintry after all...


P.S If anyone finds a Black Diamond Reactor axe somewhere on the summit, I would be eternally grateful if you could drop me a line....

Adam and James work in the Outside shop in Hathersage

By James Turnbull

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