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HMRT tallied more than 300 personnel hours on callouts in the last year. Photograph: HMRT

The promotion of four trainees to full members, the logging of over 300 personnel hours on callouts, and the completion of a new team base were the main headlines at the Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team (HMRT) annual general meeting (AGM) on November 28.

Whilst the total number of callouts in the previous 12 months was lower than usual, the nature of the incidents were described as being broad in terms of categorisation and geography. 

Opened in May, the new base on Ravens Lane has already been well received.

Containing a meeting room, vehicle and equipment storage areas, toilets and shower, and an upstairs area for extra storage and training area, the building has already hosted multiple training sessions.

Official business at the meeting included reports from five office bearers, while two new committee members were elected to replace those standing down.

Meanwhile, HMRT is currently inviting people with a love of the outdoors to apply to join its team.

HMRT is on the lookout for new members. Photograph: HMRT

Based in Stornoway, the voluntary organisation formed in 2010 and is dedicated to helping those in need throughout the Outer Hebrides and operates in a variety of environments including hills and crags, moors, and urban areas.

Mountaineering experience is not a requirement to join, but individuals must be physically fit, be keen to learn new skills, be able to work with a team, and be willing to respond to callouts at any time regardless of weather conditions. 

Anyone interested in joining HMRT can find further information and an application form at www.hebmrt.org/volunteer, or can get in touch with the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..