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Climbers criticised after Tryfan rescue

Posted 17 January 2011
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Climbers criticised after Tryfan rescue
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A trio of climbers have been criticised by the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue service for attempting a scramble on Tryfan in severe weather conditions last Saturday (January 15th), something even those with winter jackets may be wise not to try.

The three men from the Home Counties set out to ascend the 3,010 ft Snowdonia peak by the North Ridge, but switched to the eastern flank due to high winds.

However, they found themselves trapped and called for help, with the winds meaning they could not be taken off the mountain until after midnight.

The service said the men were "thoughtless" in making the attempt, despite being regular climbers.

Mountain rescue services in Snowdonia include the helicopter rescue provided by the RAF from Valley airbase on Anglesey, with Prince William among its pilots.

Prime minister David Cameron recently hinted he had been lobbied by the prince over the provision of such services.

During Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons earlier this month, he said views had been expressed "by people from all walks of life - if I can put it that way."ADNFCR-2803-ID-800345538-ADNFCR