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Mountain rescue team 'remains busy'

Posted 29 June 2010
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Mountain rescue team 'remains busy'
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A mountain rescue team in north Wales has revealed that it is still dealing with an unusually high number of call-outs, something that wearing the right men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing may help reduce.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue has already helped 58 people this year, following a record total of 133 in 2009, the BBC reports.

This compared with the annual average of 65 in recent years.

Chris Lloyd of the mountain rescue team told the broadcaster: "We are neck-and-neck with callouts this year compared to this time on last year."

Those heading for the hills may help prevent callouts by wearing the right clothing, taking high-quality climbing equipment or using a walking GPS to avoid getting lost in misty weather.

The Ogwen Valley provides access to several mountains over 3,000 ft in height, such as Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach and Tryfan.

Earlier this week, a team of three amateur surveyors using GPS equipment removed any doubt that Tryfan is over 3,000 ft high, with confirmed figure of 3,010 ft being eight ft higher than previously recorded.

Posted by Dan Mirza