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High winds lead to Coniston accident

Posted 23 January 2012
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High winds lead to Coniston accident
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High winds on the mountains can be dangerous and proof of this came in the Lake District at the weekend, when a woman walking near the Old Man of Coniston was blown off her feet and suffered a head injury and concussion when she landed on rocks.

The incident occurred near Goats Water and the victim was helped down to the Walna Scar Road, where members of the Coniston Mountain Rescue Team were able to give her oxygen before a helicopter airlifted her to hospital.

Windy conditions can also make mountains much colder and for this reason, warm winter jackets are vital at this time of year.

The area around Goat's Water can be particularly windy, as the Goat's Hawse gap between Dow Crag and the Old Man of Coniston can funnel wind in very strong gusts.

This can be the case even when the other side of the mountain - which descends into the Coppermines Valley - is virtually wind free, with this being due to the way the mountain shelters the area from the high winds hitting the other side.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801272007-ADNFCR