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Expert in mountain navigation warning

Posted 11 March 2010
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Expert in mountain navigation warning
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An expert has warned climbers heading up Ben Nevis to take extra steps to help navigate their way safely off the mountain as snowy conditions have made this harder.

Mountaineering Council of Scotland safety advisor Heather Morning said the recent extra snow has provided a new hazard by concealing three cairns that mark out the top of Gardyloo Gulley.

She advised: "Careful attention should be paid to judging distance by pacing and walking on a bearing in poor visibility to descend off the summit plateau safely."

Gardyloo is one of several gullies and cliffs that present a severe danger if people should wander into them and fall.

Walkers and climbers attempting to navigate off mountains in poor visibility or when snow has obscured navigation aids may benefit from having a walking GPS in addition to Ordnance Survey maps.

Ben Nevis is often climbed up the traditional tourist route, a zig-zag path from Glen Nevis below.

A popular alternative way up is via the Carn Mor Dearg arete, with Carn Mor Dearg itself being a Munro, at 4,004 ft high.

Posted by Brandon Egley