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Avalanche text service made available

Posted 19 January 2012
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Avalanche text service made available
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Mobile phone users heading into the Scottish mountains with their crampons and winter jackets can make use of a new text messaging facility from the SportScotland Avalanche Information Service.

The text will be sent out daily and subscribers are able to access it by texting the service with a code for the area that they will be walking, climbing or skiing in.
It will then send out information for each of these areas at 18:00 GMT, with these being Creag Meagaidh, Glencoe, Lochaber, north Cairngorms and south Cairngorms.

Such help may save some walkers from venturing into places where the risk of an avalanche is very high.

As well as knowing the weather risks, it is important that those heading for the Scottish hills in winter have the right clothing and take Ordnance Survey maps so they can navigate.

This point was made recently by Chief Inspector Kevin Findlater of Central Scotland Police after one man had to be rescued from Ben Ledi in whiteout conditions after climbing the 2,884 ft Corbett with no map, compass or winter jacket.

Chief Inspector Findlater said this was an "inexcusable" thing to do.