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Climbing gear saves teenager

Posted 17 February 2010
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A teenage ice climber's life may have been saved after a climbing rope broke his fall when he plummeted 100 ft down a cliff in Snowdonia.

The 19-year-old was climbing in Cwm Cneifion in the Idwal valley when he suffered the fall, which left him with leg and facial injuries.

However, he could have plunged another 150 ft had it not been for the climbing rope to which he was attached.

The well-equipped student was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, but was later discharged from the hospital.

His situation contrasted with that of a walker who injured his leg in a fall on nearby Glyder Fawr.

The Ogden Valley Mountain Rescue team noted that he did not set off well-equipped for winter conditions on the 3,279 ft (999 m) mountain.

Those choosing Scotland as a place for climbing this winter are enjoying the best conditions in many years, UK Climbing's assessment of the season concluded this week.

Posted by Elaine Arthur
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