Putting the disaster in France aside as I`m talking about in the UK, should it be compulsory for hill walkers and mountaineers to have insurance to cover rescue ? No one needs to go up mountains other than rangers and farmers. I believe mountain rescue are a voluntary service but the police , ambulance service and the RAF are not , to get someone off the side of Ben Nevis or the likes in a helo costs thousands and the bill is footed by the tax payer,( big helo`s cost anything from £3k p.h to run ), not to mention the risks involved to the rescue teams. If you've been injured in an RTA you will no doubt had a bill off the hospital/ambulance service , I think it`s time the mountaineering lot paid up for their irresponsible behaviour , I`m sure a policy would not cost more than £20 - £30 p.a. , alternatively they should have their assets seized to cover costs.