The Glencoe tragedy in which four people lost their lives in an avalanche on Bidean nam Bian has prompted an appeal for donations to the mountain rescuers who went to help.
A blog by a member of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team (Clachaig Blogger), who is also one of the staff at the glen's Clachaig Inn, said the response to the avalanche was "as professional and as slick as you could ever hope for". However, he noted, their work costs money and he said donations from the public are very important.
The blogger also knew Chris Bell, one of those who died, stating: "I know we regularly ask for your contributions in our raffles at Clachaig, but at risk of sounding like a second rate Hollywood script, it's personal."
Chris Bell was an elite mountain biker whose friend Luke Bradley has set up a Just Giving page to enable people to raise funds for the team. Yesterday (January 22nd) the figure passed £10,000 and some of the money will now go to the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team, who joined their Glencoe colleagues in rescuing the two survivors.
While mountain rescuers are always available, walkers and climbers can help themselves by having the right clothing and equipment during winter walks. Crampons
are essential accompaniments for hiking boots
, while winter jackets
and thermal clothing
can help people keep warm.
The Clachaig Blogger also noted there is a series of free lectures coming up at the inn on the subject of mountain safety, which will take place on February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
Glencoe's highest mountain at 3,772 ft, Bidean nam Bian lies across the glen from the Inn, hidden below some of its subsidiary peaks.
The pub is a popular haunt for outdoor lovers, being situated close to the youth hostel and at the foot of the mountain path up Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the Munro at the western end of the famous Aonach Eagach ridge.