Standby Rescue Cover, Pike View Hike

Today at an incredibly early hour (of 05:30 in the morning!), seven team members journeyed to Bibbys Farm, Limbrick, the campsite of the Bolton Scout Trust, to provide the kit checking team for the 06:00 start of this year’s Pike View Hike.

The Pike View Hike is an annual one day long hillwalking and navigation challenge walk of varying lengths, depending on age and ability for Scout Association teams aged between 8-18 from all around the country, based upon the western part of the West Pennine Moors, principally the Rivington and Limbrick areas.

Routes vary tremendously with regards to terrain, with the weather this year being very dry and warm, if not overcast and threatening to rain for much of the time!

The 9 strong event organising group is drawn mainly from experienced Scout Leaders in the Bolton South Scout District, including Bolton MRT team members Steve Fletcher and Mike Marsh, who were also on hand throughout the day alongside the previously mentioned other seven team members.

Throughout the day, five of our early rising team members, with of course Steve and Mike, provided immediate on hand Standby Rescue cover for the event in two Bolton MRT Landrover Ambulances, with further Bolton MRT members on home standby in case of need.

As it turned out, with only a handful of teams reported overdue at checkpoints, nothing happened to upset a yet again superbly and safely organised event.