Numerous books have been written about mountain rescue.  A selection is shown below.  Many of these are currently in print.  Those not in print may still be available from a second-hand book seller such as Abebooks or Alibis.

Layout 1Published in 2012, this is the definitive account of SAR dogs. It examines how SARDA began, incidents across the years, the multi talented skills of dogs, training and qualification, canine health, how dogs learn and smell and evolved from wolves. How the association has changed across the years is described along with a month by month account of searches across the UK. Available from – Hayloft Publishing.

long“Jeremy writes with experience to set the scene for this mountaineering tragedy. He has an eye for detail and an obvious love for the Lake District and its people, as he takes the reader through an all too familiar Bank Holiday mountain rescue incident. A cracking tale.” Bronco Lane, MM, BEM, Everest Summiteer and Author of Military Mountaineering “A gripping read – of special appeal to those connected or interested in Mountain Rescue in the Lake District. “The Long Day Done” portrays horrendous winter rescue conditions on the hill. The story parallels real life decisions made by the Lakeland trained volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams.” Dave Freeborn, Team Leader, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team. Available from Hayloft Publishing.

This bo516ns0arajlok is now out of print but new copies can still be obtained through Amazon.  It tells the story of the RAF mountain rescue service through its first 50 years of operation. “Much of their emergency work is involved with recovering and rescuing, not just aircrew as was intended, but also civilians who have underestimated the wrath of the British mountains. They turn out in all weathers and under all conditions – hence the slogan on their crest, and the title of this book. They have searched for schoolchildren and pensioners in Scotland, aircrew in Wales, rare falcons in Cyprus, secret devices in an RAF wreck high on a remote mountain in Turkey near the USSR border. They took an important but largely unnoticed part in the Lockerbie and Midlands air crash operations.  For many of its volunteers, mountain rescue became a way of life, and veterans of every decade recall their days with great pride and affection. Frank Card has been able to tell the major part of their story: to tell it all would require several volumes; but by careful and diligent research and the willingness of past and present team members to share their experiences, the author can present to you, their story of WHENSOEVER.”


For over thirty years John Allen was an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and for most of them acted as Team Leader. In Cairngorm John (his call sign when in contact with search and rescue helicopters) he recalls the challenges of mountain rescue and the many changes he has both witnessed and been a party to. His book is filled with exciting accounts of real-life rescues, discussions of mountain rescue topics such as hypothermia, first aid, and the use of helicopters and search and rescue dogs. Peopled with interesting characters his accounts are at all times humane and the book is laced with humour. “A life in mountain rescue is by turns exciting, funny, informative and wise. an indispensable addition to the literature of the mountains” – Sir Chris Bonnington.  Available from The Sandstone Press.

call-outThe classic account of incidents in Glencoe, techniques and equipment first written in 1973 and now available in e form from Amazon. “MacInnes’s unadorned account conveys what it is like to be married to mountains and why climber’s loyalties are elemental, their judgements uncompromising, and their sense of humour macabre” – The Guardian. Available from Amazon.


front-cover-copyPublished in 2015, this book was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of SARDA.  It examines the seminal influence of Hamish MacInnes, the early challenges and shows how the association has developed and divided.  A key chapter gives the reflections of several of the early pioneers. Available from NSARDA.



peakThis book was published in 2010 and is a celebration of 40 years of the Teasdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team. It includes a look at the team’s early history, training, team base, equipment, SARDA, current operation, funding and numerous accounts of incidents. Available from Tempus Publishing.




braemarPublished in 2013, this  book is superbly written by a former team member and describes a series of rescues – including the incident which led to the death of Harry Lawrie the TL – across a forty year period. Available from Braemar Mountain Rescue.





Published in 2011, Neil Powell has worked and trained dogs in a wide variety of settings such as mountain SAR, drowned victim recovery, collapsed structure searching and drug detection.  Neil describes in detail his work in Ireland, the UK and throughout the world, over a long period 45 years. Available from The Blackstaff Press.



judy‘This little book is firmly aimed at the recreational walker who ventures onto the fells and needs to know how to make his or her journey a little safer. Having said that, there are enough insights to benefit even trained fellwalkers, such as those holding Mountain Leader or Walking Group Leader awards. This book represents a good use of a tenner. Recommended.’ Bob Smith. Available from Mountain Rescue England and Wales.



Published some ten years ago, this book is still the definitive guide to mountain rescue in the UK.  It covers key topics such as training, development of mountain rescue, casualty care, search management, military resources, technical rescue, SARDA and collaboration with other agencies.  All the technical subjects are illustrated with first hand accounts of rescues as told by casualties and rescuers alike. Available from Hayloft Publishing.

mattThe complete story of Teasdale & Weardale Search and MRT written to elaborate their first 40 years. Topics include the team’s early history and development, training, equipment, funding and key aspects of the team’s current operation. Numerous incidents are described along with a chapter which guides the reader along various walks in the team’s area. Available from the team.



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A humorous look at the lives and tribulations of mountain rescue team members everywhere, in the inimitable cartoon style of David Allan, with words from Judy Whiteside. ‘This is the perfect light-hearted gift for your other half, especially if they’re the type who pays more attention to their pager than to your needs after a long day at the office!’ Dave Willis, TGO. Available from MREW or Hayloft Publishing.

This small boocornwallk is a collection of ‘memorable rescues’ that depict the services of Dartmoor Search and Rescue (Ashburton)  over the past forty years.  It was written partly to commemorate the foundation of the rescue team in 1976. Available from DSRT Ashburton.


This book is a sequel to the same author’s “The Black Cloud” and describes in detail seven mountain expeditions undertaken in winter in the Scottish Highlands over the period 1925 to 1986. The stories recounted in the book illustrate the challenge and adventure sought by many in the Scottish hills and the willingness of others to go to their assistance when the need arises. Available from Amazon as a Kindle edition eBook.