Climbers spend night in snow hole on Liathach

Liathach from Loch Clair

Liathach from Loch Clair

Three climbers were forced to spend much of Sunday night in a snow-hole high on Liathach after they became stuck on the Torridon mountain as night fell. In a joint rescue with the Torridon Mountain Rescue team, the three men were airlifted to safety by an RAF Lossiemouth helicopter team at about 3 O’clock in the morning. None of the group required hospital treatment.

The group were believed to be near the Fasarinen Pinnacles on the hardest part of the ridge when they got into difficulty. Unable to carry on, they summoned help and dug a snow hole to provide shelter.

Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond

In contrast to this apparently well equipped group, Police criticised a group of charity walkers who had to be rescued after their attempt on Ben Lomond ended in a six-hour search involving the local mountain rescue team and a helicopter. Conditions on the popular mountain were snowy and icy on Saturday when the group started their climb, according to the BBC, wearing tracksuits and trainers. Although the climb was abandoned, two men went missing from the main group and were found separately many hours later, to the east of Ben Lomond suffering from hypothermia.

A Central Scotland Police spokesman told the BBC, “These two men had both been drinking the night before and continued to drink while walking. The weather was terrible with ice and snow. They were not dressed appropriately for walking. If you wanted an example of how to do everything wrong on a walk then this was it.”

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