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Billy Sands's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by Billy Sands

This thread is turning into what some teenagers I know would call a c*ck-measuring competition :)

Not really. Compared to others I know (one having done 6 of the seven peaks, one that climbs 8c+ etc) I do not consider my exploits particularly impressive. I was just addressing your point on stairs

Has anyone one else noticed how keen sportsmen are always about to go into hospital, are in hospital, or have just left hospital, or otherwise are moaning about some body part which has malfunctioned, usually for the umpteenth time?

Nope

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 22:51:55 UTC | #946664

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Billy Sands's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by Billy Sands

I’m no statistician and don’t have the raw data, but I hypothesise that a lot more stairs are ascended each year than are mountains.

Perhaps more annecdotal, but we often get posters by the lifts at work stating if you climb four flights of stairs a day for a year, it is the equivalent of climbing 4 munros (mountain over 3000 ft). I've done them all (283) so I reckon I climb more mountains than stairs. For that reason, people seem surprised that I take the lift at work - reckon I've earned a couple of hundred years worth of lift use before I break even :-)

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 21:57:01 UTC | #946651

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Billy Sands's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by Billy Sands

only to seriously twist my ankle on a dead flat surface a minute later while heading back from the mountain.

Indeed. I know someone who broke his ankle in the carpark after the walk. I've also had many more injuries playing football than in the mountains.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 21:50:32 UTC | #946648

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Billy Sands's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by Billy Sands

Mountain rescue teams carry rescue apparatus, so in fair weather travel light and fast without much personal kit. If one of the team needs help, they radio for assistance giving an exact location.

Not sure what your point is here, but the person referred to had to be rescued in non fair weather circumstances pioneering new routes.

I've also had to help push a fully loaded MacInnes stretcher as the team were short of members. It was far from easy work. They also had very heavy packs. One of which I also carried when the casualty was loaded.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 20:17:41 UTC | #946621

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Billy Sands's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by Billy Sands

Mine was a generic question which I though might lead to interesting debate, that’s all.

In terms of mountain rescue teams (in Scotland anyway) the members are volunteers who climb themselves. I know a few who say they do it because they like to think there would be some who would do it for them. I was once told a story regarding the Glen coe MRT. Apparently the person they rescued most often was the leader of the Glen coe MRT.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 11:02:18 UTC | #946551

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