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Mountain track repairs 'to save lives'

Posted 22 September 2011
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Repairs to a mountain path in Snowdonia could save many lives, it has been claimed.

Those who like to go walking in the national park could be in trouble at present if they were to require rescuing in Cwm Eigiau, with 4x4s used by Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team struggling for access due their tracks being swept away by heavy rains five years ago.

Repairs by the rescuers have not lasted, but engineers from RWE nPower - owners of the nearby Dolgarrog Power Station - have stepped in to repair the tracks.

Civil engineer Louise Shaw said: "It's vitally important mountain rescue teams are able to reach casualties immediately. Well maintained access routes could be the difference between life and death."

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue members recently offered some words of "sound advice" to a group of four under-equipped climbers it had to help down in the dark from a crag, team member Chris Lloyd told Grough.

The party had gone up without the right footwear, with only one of them having a torch and one member not even wearing waterproofs, he noted.