Mum & 4 Month Old Daughter Tackling Supernova Kelpies in Memory of Mountaneering GrandpaLynn Robertson & her four month old daughter Callie will be tackling the Supernova Kelpies 5K in March. They will be taking on the challenge in aid of Scottish Mountain Rescue and in memory of mountaineering dad & grandpa, Jim.
On Monday 29th February 2016, just days before his 61st birthday, Jim Robertson travelled from his home in Glasgow to Braemar, Aberdeenshire, for a 5 day expedition. The experienced hillwalker, who had previously climbed all 284 munros in Scotland, set up camp at Bob Scott’s Bothy and planned to explore the Cairngorms.
However, when Jim didn’t return home for his birthday on Friday as planned, his family began to worry.
“We couldn’t reach him on his mobile. We thought that maybe he was just exhausted from his trip so my brother and I went to his flat, but it was clear that he hadn’t been home. At this point, we realised that something was seriously wrong and went straight to the police station to report him missing” Lynn said.
Unfortunately, weather conditions in the area were extremely treacherous at the time and Lynn and her family were told that the police would be unable to send officers out to search for him. Desperate for help, Lynn sought the support of Braemar Mountain Rescue, a small team of around 40 volunteers based in the Cairngorms.
“I couldn’t find any contact numbers for Mountain Rescue online, so I sent the Braemar team a private message on Facebook. They assured me that their search for my dad was already underway.”
As the search began, Lynn and her family were taken aback by the magnitude of the rescue effort.
“The search involved more than 80 volunteers from Scottish Mountain Rescue teams, Search and Rescue Dogs, Police Scotland and a Coastguard helicopter. The area the teams were covering was so incredibly vast.”
Unfortunately as time progressed, Matt, the leader of the search operation, made the family aware that the likelihood of bad news was increasing with every moment.
“Matt kept us informed of each and every step, and gave us every reason to put all of our trust in him and his team. As the days passed, he even helped us to accept that it was no longer going to be a rescue but a recovery.”
During a visit to the rescue centre, one of the volunteers offered to take the family to the Bothy where Jim had based himself, giving them the chance to understand the severe winter conditions that he had been caught up in.
“While we were out there, there were teams on the hills risking their lives for my dad. We were truly overwhelmed by their selflessness and compassion.”
The search continued for three months until Jim’s body was found at Creag a’choire Erchachan by another hillwalker. The Braemar team were on hand to carry out the recovery, but their support of the family didn’t end there.
“Two members of the team travelled all the way to Glasgow to attend my dad’s funeral. Later, they took my family and I out to the exact spot where my dad had been found so that we could scatter some of his ashes there.”
Lynn and her family were blown away by the support they received from the teams, and Lynn was determined to give back to the organisation in any way she could.
“My family and I will never forget the commitment we were shown by the Mountain Rescue Volunteers and all that they did for us. Supporting Mountain Rescue became a very important part of my life and I’ve since taken part in many fundraising events.”
Lynn will be taking on the Supernova Kelpies 5K in March with four month old daughter Callie, and is looking forward to sharing the experience with her.
“The Supernova 5K is going to be extra special for me because it is the first event that my daughter will be a part of, and where I get to share her late Grandpa’s love of walking. Although my dad never got to meet Callie, I know he would be so very proud of her!”
“My dad had actually gone walking round the Kelpies not too long before he died, and he told us what a great day out it was. With the event being in March, it really is the perfect way for us to mark his anniversary.”
You can donate to Lynn’s cause by visiting her JustGiving page below.Lynn & Callie’s JustGiving PageThe Supernova Kelpies series takes place on 20th-22nd March and attracts thousands of runners to light up the night as they take on 5K around Helix Park & The Kelpies. Find Out More & Enter