Lochaber Mountain Rescue have marked 2017 as being their "quietest" year in a decade.

The Mountain Rescue Team are due to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018.

2017 saw them handle 78 call outs - usually expecting to receive around 100.  The call outs sadly included five fatalities.  

They say the low number of call outs is due to a lack of snow.

They are also issuing a call for previous team members to share their experiences, saying: "2018 will be the 50th anniversary of the formal formation of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and throughout the year, we hope to be able hold a number of events to celebrate this achievement. Before this, rescues were carried out by local people, usually from the local climbing club, assisted by the police. In that time the Team have carried out over 2500 rescues.

"If you were a team member during the last 50 years (or before) could you contact us so that we can keep you informed of what is planned.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." 

Above: a rescue on the Ben about 25 years ago from Lochaber Mountain Rescue Facebook page.