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Accident may emphasise need for good climbing gear

Posted 22 February 2010
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Accident may emphasise need for good climbing gear
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The need to be well equipped with the best climbing equipment when taking on difficult mountain challenges may have been emphasised by an incident last weekend in Glencoe.

A group was seeking to traverse the Aonach Eagach ridge on the north side of the highland valley on Saturday (February 20th) when one member of the party injured his shoulder.

The alarm was raised at around 16:00, with 12 members of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue team braving fading light to rescue the injured man.

Attempts on a ridge such as the Aonach Eagach - seen as one of the classic mountain challenges and more difficult in winter - can be undertaken more safely if items such as a climbing rope are available to deal with particularly difficult parts.

The ridge is of interest to Munro-baggers as it has two such peaks along its length, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.

Mountain adventurers descending from the latter mountain at the end of the Aonach Eagach may then look forward to retiring to the Clachaig Inn, which lies at its foot.

Posted by Brandon Egley