In an emergency call 999 and ask for Police then Mountain Rescue


Our volunteer teams experience a wide variety of incidents on call-outs, and they help a lot of different people too.

We have highlighted a few key stats from 2022 below, the full report can be found here.

Our 2022 Annual Review is available here

You can also download our 2021 annual accounts here

Please see below for copies of all our past years Statistics Reports

2021 Annual Statistics Report

2020 Annual Statistics Report

2019 Annual Statistics Report

2018 Annual Statistics Report

2017 Annual Statistics Report

2016 Annual Statistics Report

2015 Annual Statistics Report

2014 Annual Statistics Report

2013 Annual Statistics Report

2012 Annual Statistics Report

2011 Annual Statistics Report




An incident is defined as a single event that required the services of an MRT. The resolution of this incident may need several call-outs of a team (or teams) for example during a prolonged search.

In 2022, the total number of incidents was 636 and there were 843 callouts.

330 (52%) involved mountaineering.


306 (48%) were non-mountaineering incidents.


Contributing Factors

The most common contributing factor to mountaineering incidents was a slip or trip, which was a contributing factor in 122 mountaineering incidents, followed by being lost 56 incidents and 43 navigation errors.

Top 5 causes:

  1. Slip/trip – 122
  2. Lost persons – 56
  3. Navigation error – 43
  4. Fall – 38
  5. Medical – 31


Volunteers are the heart of Scottish Mountain Rescue. Our 25 Member Teams are made up entirely of volunteers (around 850 of them in total).

Mountain rescue volunteers gave up 29,804 hours of their time during call-outs.

It is not uncommon for a volunteer to give more than 100 hours to training per year.


Between 850 volunteers that is over 85,000 hours on training every year.




of the persons assisted in mountaineering incidents had an injury.


of reported injuries involved a fracture.

The most common injury site was the ankle, followed by the lower leg.

Ankle: 26
Lower leg: 19
Head: 10