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Mountain rescue emphasises need for good winter gear

Posted 29 December 2009
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Mountain rescue emphasises need for good winter gear
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The need for good winter walking equipment has been emphasised by the differing comments of mountain rescue teams when dealing with separate incidents in Snowdonia this week.

Two women airlifted to safety by an RAF helicopter in Snowdonia were praised by the team for being well equipped, a situation which contrasts with others rescued during a busy week in the national park, the BBC reports.

The pair found themselves in trouble attempting to climb Carnedd Dafydd in snowy weather and called for help by mobile phone, a move the Ogwen Valley team said was the right thing to do.

Their situation was in contrast to that of two walkers airlifted from Snowdon wearing only tracksuits and trainers, while lacking winter mountaineering equipment such as ice axes and crampons.

People venturing on the mountains in winter weather should ensure they have the right kind of walking gear for the conditions, the rescuers noted, echoing advice given in the recent North Wales Police MountainSafe scheme.

Both Carnedd Dafydd and Snowdon are over 1,000 metres in height - 1,044 and 1,085 metres respectively - and may pose a greater risk to climbers than lower peaks.

Posted by Brandon Egley