Two New Year Rescues Prompt Snowdon Safety Call

​On New Year's Day Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team attended two separate incidents in rapid succession on a snowy Crib Goch.

'We are starting to see snow and ice in the mountains and I thought this would be a good opportunity to promote safe travel: ice axe and crampons are advisable over the next few days' said Gruff Owen of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.

Rescuer in action on Crib Goch yesterday
© Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

In the team's first call-out of 2016, one walker fell a 'significant distance' while attempting the dangerous descent from Crib Goch to the Pyg Track, but luckily sustained only minor injuries.

Less than an hour later the team were called to assist a group of three who'd got in trouble, also on Crib Goch.

'Three walkers had climbed the East ridge of Crib Goch before attempting to descend the North ridge' the team explain on their Facebook page.

'The group found themselves in a position where snow and ice prevented two of them from proceeding. The third walker was able to descend a short distance before he unfortunately fell approximately 50m.'

'We were first alerted by the snow-fast pair on the North ridge before being called by the walker who had fallen.'

'Eight team members were deployed onto the mountain to find and recover the separated group. Fortunately, the fallen walker was able to walk down to a point where team members could assist him to the team vehicles. The team then searched the East ridge and North ridge to locate the remaining two walkers. Once the walkers were found the team had to rig a roped system for evacuation due to severe winds.'

'​All 3 hypothermic walkers were then recovered to our base in Nant Peris.'



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