The Heights of Stupidity; MOUNTAIN RESCUERS HIT OUT Two Rescued from Treacherous Crib Goch in Snowy Conditions They Had No Ice Axe and One Had on Jeans and a Hoodie

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The Heights of Stupidity; MOUNTAIN RESCUERS HIT OUT Two Rescued from Treacherous Crib Goch in Snowy Conditions They Had No Ice Axe and One Had on Jeans and a Hoodie


Byline: ERYL CRUMP

MOUNTAIN rescuers warned walkers to be properly equipped after two men were rescued after getting stuck on a dangerous Snowdonian ridge.

The two young men in their 20s from Yorkshire, wanted to take photographs from the summit of Snowdon.

But having taken a wrong turning they got stranded on steep ground on Crib Goch. Wearing unsuitable clothing and having no winter climbing equipment they called for help. Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team spokesman Phil Benbow warned anyone venturing onto the Snowdonian mountains must have the right equipment and the necessary skills to use them.

Mr Benbow said: "The two were keen to take a photo from the summit but were lacking experience. They got themselves onto steep ground and couldn't go up or down.

"The snow is hard at the moment. Anyone going high up the mountain must have the right kit and clearly warm clothing. You need an ice axe and crampons and the skills to use them.

"The conditions are lovely, absolutely superb, but you need the right kit and the skills to use it. It's so important."

Snowdonia National Park Authority's Montainsafe co-ordinator, Gruff Owen added: "As a key member of the partnership, the Park Authority provides daily ground condition reports to the Met Office for use in the Mountain Area forecast, which is displayed at Pen-y-Pass and easily found on the internet.

"On the day of the incident these reports detailed the presence of snow and ice on the mountain and the need for specialist skills and equipment.

"Incidents such as these highlight the need to research your route and the weather conditions before heading to the mountains. …

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