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Rescued walkers survive night on mountain

Posted 19 November 2012
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Rescued walkers survive night on mountain
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A pair of walkers who had gone missing on the highest peak in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park have been rescued unharmed, despite enduring a night out in the open in cold and wet conditions.

The duo had set off up the 3,852 ft Ben More near Crianlarich on Saturday (November 17th), but had not been seen since early afternoon.

However, as they climbed the peak, bad weather set in, with snow on the upper reaches of the mountain and poor visibility. The walkers got separated and ended up spending the night on the peak before they were taken off by an RAF helicopter.

Although both wet and cold, the walkers were otherwise unharmed.

The grateful mother of one of the walkers posted her gratitude to mountain rescuers on the Grough website and offered to make a donation to their funds.

Those who like to go walking on the Scottish mountains in autumn and winter may wish to take a number of precautions, such as wearing thermal clothes and insulated jackets to deal with the cold, while waterproofs will still be needed when it snows as this can soak through.

Crampons may also be needed, not least on steep-sided peaks like Ben More that can be difficult to climb in wintry conditions, particularly when the summit dome is covered in ice.

Ordnance Survey maps and compasses are also important for navigation, not least in winter when the daylight hours are shorter and visibility generally worse. A torch is also important in case it gets dark while people are still on the hill.

Such advice is readily dispensed by mountain rescuers.

Using a mobile phone for GPS or for contacting others may be difficult as the signal can be weak in some mountain areas, with this being true around much of Ben More and its neighbour, the 3,822 ft Stob Binnein.

The two peaks are often climbed together in one outing, with a high ridge linking the pair.