May 14 2011
Team provides kit check assistance and Standby Rescue Provision for 10th Anniversary Pike View Hike (Bolton South Scout District)
Today at an incredibly early hour (of 05:30 in the morning!), a small number of 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, celebrating ten years of this successful and ever larger by the year Scout challenge event.
The Pike View Hike is an annual one day long hill walking 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 wet both underfoot and due to heavy rain showers, it was also quite cold, particularly with regards to the warm weather of recent weeks.
The 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 a total of eleven other team call out list members in three team Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances, who provided immediate on hand Standby Rescue cover and first aid provision.
In total, 78 teams took part, with over 300 young people on the hill enjoying the challenges of our local moorlands.