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Ben Nevis gully post incident sparks debate

Posted 14 November 2011
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Ben Nevis gully post incident sparks debate
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A debate has been started over whether a marker post warning walkers of the proximity of a dangerous gully on Ben Nevis should be reinstated, something those keen on climbing the peak in their winter jackets may want to express a view over.

Landowner the John Muir Trust has opened a consultation over the post after it was apparently uprooted and thrown down the gully.

Head of land and science for the Trust Mike Daniels said: "Everyone we've spoken to so far has said that this is an important navigation point for many climbers and is also needed for abseiling. We are therefore proposing to leave it in place. "

Discussions so far have included talks with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

The post was found by freelance mountaineering instructor Alan Halewood, who has blogged that in his view the post is not safe to abseil from unless encased in snow.

With the summit plateau often covered in snow and several cliffs and dangerous gullies around its edge overhung with snow, such signs can be vital in helping walkers and climbers avoid accidents.

Ben Nevis is the highest of nine Munros that exceed 4,000 ft in height.