What information do I need?

Any emergency message should contain:

  • Your location – ideally a description of the terrain plus grid reference
  • Name, sex and age of casualty
  • Nature of injuries or incident
  • Number of people in party
  • Your equipment i.e. do you have camping gear or are you travelling very light?
  • Your mobile number

Don’t know where you are?

There is still a lot of information you can give within your message.

  • Where did you last know your location?
  • How long since you were there?
  • What mountain are you on?
  • What is the ground like around you – grass, boulders, steep, gentle?
  • What is the compass bearing directly down the slope?
  • Are you in cloud?
  • Is the wind blowing up, down or across the hill?
  • What is your best guess at your location?



Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003