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Brecons rescue highlights need for right hiking equipment

Posted 1 June 2011
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Brecons rescue highlights need for right hiking equipment
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Having the right hiking equipment is something a group of walkers rescued in the Brecon Beacons may take away from their experience after being saved from the national park's highest peak in severe weather.

Three mountain rescue teams were involved in helping four walkers off Pen Y Fan on Sunday evening (May 29th), with the group sporting sandals rather than hiking boots, Grough reports.

Setting off up the mountainside from the Storey Arms via the Cefn Cwm Llwch ridge, they had got into trouble in high winds and poor conditions, with the situation made worse by one of the group having heart trouble.

And members of the teams criticised their choice of footwear for the ascent of the 2,907 ft mountain, the highest in southern Britain.

Mountain conditions in the Brecon Beacons have been windy in the past week with some rain, something those with good waterproof jackets and walking trousers will have been better equipped to deal with.
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