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Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team History

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team was previously known as Cleveland Search and Rescue Team until 2012, when Mountain Rescue (England & Wales) asked for a Name change for all teams.

The team was formed in 1965 when, with the ever-growing popularity of the Lyke Wake Walk, more and more people were taking to the hills. The Lyke Wake walk is a 42-mile route across some of the highest parts of the North York Moors between Osmotherly in the West and Ravenscar on the coast. Walkers attempting this route were often ill equipped and inexperienced in navigation. It became the responsibility of the National Park Wardens, the majority of whom were volunteers, to locate and help these misplaced ramblers.

In order to improve this service it was decided to establish a dedicated rescue team to cover the whole of the North York Moors. In fact two teams were formed, one covering the Southern part of the moors, Scarborough & Rydale Mountain Rescue Team, and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team to cover the Northern areas.

In the early days equipment was basic, communication was by whistles and transport was by member's Land Rovers and cars. As more funding, from charitable organisations such as Round Table, Rotary clubs and the Soroptimists became available, rescue equipment, radios and vehicles were purchased.

During the 80s and 90s the number and variety of "Hill Users" increased bringing with it different call out scenarios for the team to deal with, ranging from fallen climbers to fallen Hang-gliders. The Team were also involved with the aftermath of Lockerbie Air disaster. The level of training for team members became more intense to meet the ever increasing challenges.

Members of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team are now involved in the training and organisation of Mountain Rescue personnel not only on a local scale but on a regional and national scale as well.

Today Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team is one of the most highly trained and well equipped mountain rescue teams in the Country. Its 50 volunteer members are able to reach any part of their area quickly and efficiently deal with incidents ranging from lost walkers to severely injured casualties.