Busy Weekend For Scottish Rescue Teams
One dead on Ben Nevis, plus a combination of poor snow conditions and bad weather made the latter part of last week particularly hazardous north of the border
Posted: 18 March 2002
It's been another busy weekend for mountain rescue teams in
Scotland with, sadly, a death on Ben Nevis and a major rescue on
Tower Ridge, a classic route on the North Face of the Ben.
• According to the BBC, up to eight climbers were trapped on
the route, which is notorious for benightments, on Thursday night
after gale force winds prevented them from continuing. Three managed
to escape under their own steam, but five others were rescued by
Lochaber MRT after a mobile phone alert on Sunday morning.
reports that conditions were too savage for helicopters to land
on the summit area, but they managed to airlift MRT members partway
up the mountain from where they were able to reach the climbers and
help them to safety.
•Meanwhile Ireland.com reports that there were six climbers
in two groups who were members of the Irish Mountaineering Club. All
are reported safe, though two received hospital treatment for
• Meanwhile in this
story, The Scotsman reports how a climber 'surfed on top of an
avalanche as it hurtled 300 ft down the side of a Scottish mountain
and then climbed back up to dig out his friend.' The incident
happened on Liathach in Torridon on Friday and the two men were
helped off the mountain by the local MRT with nothing worse than a
broken ankle between them.
• Elsewhere, Ananova
reports that a Scottish nurse survived a 1500-foot slide in the
Glen Spean area after falling through a cornice, with only a sore
elbow to show for the experience, and was back on the hill next
To check the latest Scottish Avalanche Information Service
here. At the time of writing forecast was generally 2 'Moderate'
with one observer commenting that 'spring has sprung'.
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