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Ill-equipped walker rescued

Posted 10 March 2010
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Ill-equipped walker rescued
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Mountain Rescue has had to help a man wearing jeans off a snow-covered mountain in Snowdonia after he and his companion ran into trouble.

The Ogwen Valley team airlifted the duo off Tryfan on Sunday evening after they got stuck while attempting a climbing expedition, the Daily Post reports.

Although they had a climbing rope, they were otherwise badly equipped, without the right outdoor clothing or climbing gear for winter conditions.

Mountain Rescue team member Chris Lloyd said: "One of [them] was wearing jeans and they had summer climbing boots on, so when they got to ledges covered in hard packed snow they were stuck."

Such a tale may act as reminder to be appropriately equipped for going out on the mountains, particularly as the snow may linger on higher ground for many weeks yet.

At 3,002 ft high, Tryfan is the lowest of the 3,000 ft peaks in Snowdonia, but can only be climbed by scrambling even in summer.

Those who reach the top sometimes undertake the traditional leap between the two summit stones, known as Adam and Eve, defying the vertigo-inducing drop below.

Posted by Brandon Egley