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O/T Missing link bell-ends still alive (unfortunately) it would seem....
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Keema's Nan
2020-02-11 11:01:05 UTC
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Rescuers said four people helped from Ben Nevis were lucky to be alive.

They said the group who were caught in blizzard conditions had "no ice axes,
no crampons and as far as we are aware no maps". Three of them were wearing
trainers.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team found them near the summit of the mountain.

All four were taken by helicopter from part-way down the mountain to be
checked over at Belford Hospital in Fort William.

The rescue helicopter, R151, could not be used near the summit because of the
severity of the conditions.

In a statement, the rescue team said: "All casualties lifted from Half Way
Lochan by R151 and transported by Team to the Belford Hospital. Extremely
lucky people. No winter kit - no ice axes, no crampons and as far as we are
aware no maps.

"Three of the guys were in trainers. They were about 150 metres down into
Coire Eoghainn on steep ice and if they had slipped or gone down any further
consequences could have far more serious."

They added: "Could have so easily ended up so different."

The rescue team described the weather as "horrendous" with the wind chill
about -20C.

The rescue on Britain's highest mountain comes in the wake of Storm Ciara and
amid Met Officeyellow "be aware" warnings of high winds and snow.

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-51434439)
safoijasdlkjs
2020-02-11 11:20:51 UTC
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nice sunny day when they went up
John
2020-02-11 16:57:13 UTC
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Post by safoijasdlkjs
nice sunny day when they went up
....but days like that are not permanent.
Keema's Nan
2020-02-11 18:06:15 UTC
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Post by John
Post by safoijasdlkjs
nice sunny day when they went up
....but days like that are not permanent.
As long as they get charged the full cost of any rescue operation they can go
up there naked for all I care.
Ian Smith
2020-02-14 21:11:48 UTC
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Post by Keema's Nan
Rescuers said four people helped from Ben Nevis were lucky to be alive.
They said the group who were caught in blizzard conditions had "no ice
axes, no crampons and as far as we are aware no maps". Three of them
were wearing trainers.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team found them near the summit of the mountain.
All four were taken by helicopter from part-way down the mountain to be
checked over at Belford Hospital in Fort William.
The rescue helicopter, R151, could not be used near the summit because
of the severity of the conditions.
In a statement, the rescue team said: "All casualties lifted from Half
Way Lochan by R151 and transported by Team to the Belford Hospital.
Extremely lucky people. No winter kit - no ice axes, no crampons and as
far as we are aware no maps.
"Three of the guys were in trainers. They were about 150 metres down
into Coire Eoghainn on steep ice and if they had slipped or gone down
any further consequences could have far more serious."
They added: "Could have so easily ended up so different."
The rescue team described the weather as "horrendous" with the wind
chill about -20C.
The rescue on Britain's highest mountain comes in the wake of Storm
Ciara and amid Met Officeyellow "be aware" warnings of high winds and
snow.
(https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-51434439)
I descended down Coire Eoghainn (south slope of Ben Nevis) last year, but
it was in hot weather. Rather steep; would not like to try it in winter
conditions without proper crampons and axe. A map/compass is essential on
Nevis, for navigation to/from summit cairn near sheer cliffs.
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