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Equipment shortcomings noted by mountain rescuers

Posted 20 September 2011
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Equipment shortcomings noted by mountain rescuers
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A failure to be equipped with waterproofs and walking boots was described by mountain rescuers in Snowdonia after a party of four was brought down from a mountain crag in the dark.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue helped down a group of students that did have a climbing rope, but was under-equipped in other ways, as team member Chris Lloyd told Grough.

"The leader wore lightweight bendy boots and carried the only torch in the party. The other three wore trainers and one didn't have any waterproofs."

After the group got into trouble, the leader rang for help on his mobile, with the rescue team issuing what Mr Lloyd described as "sound advice" once they were down in the valley.

Having the right equipment and clothing is important, particularly as the weather gets colder and days shorter.

Already this autumn, Edale Mountain Rescue team has had to help a man off Kinder Scout suffering with hypothermia.
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