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The mountain in Glencoe where four people died in an avalanche yesterday was considered to carry a "considerable" level of risk - but this would equate to a medium risk on the European scale used by mountain rescue teams, according to ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward.
Bidean Nam Bian is a popular peak standing over 3,000 feet with a number of different climbs. It is understood the conditions yesterday were reasonably dry, as Glencoe has largely escaped the snow experienced elsewhere in the UK.
Officials are set to launch an investigation to determine what caused the avalanche. Experts say a snowslide can be triggered by just one person.
SportsScotland Avalanche Information Service, SAIS, had warned there was a "considerable risk" of an avalanche in Glencoe yesterday.
On its website, the service's forecast for Saturday 19th January said: "Natural Avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches are likely."
The Rev Moira Herkes, whose church serves the nearby areas of Glencoe and Ballachulish, said the climbers would not be forgotten.
Prayers will be held in the Scottish Highlands for four climbers who were swept to their deaths in an avalanche. The Rev Moira Herkes, who will lead a service at St Munda's Church in Glencoe, said it was "the worst accident to happen here for many years".
The climbers were among a party of six on Bidean Nam Bian, a mountain near Glencoe. It is believed they were descending from a peak on the south side of the valley when the snow-covered slope they were crossing broke away, engulfing five of them and sending them hundreds of feet down the mountain.
Four people died today when they were caught up in an avalanche on Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has given his support to the families of the four people who lost their lives in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.
The leader of the Glencoe mountain rescue team has shed more light on the search which ultimately resulted in two men and two women being found dead in the Scottish Highlands.
John Grieve said:
He added that they were located using a technique called "probing" - where a metal stick is pushed into the snow - which would indicate they were buried in more than a metre of snow.
Two men and two women have been killed after an avalanche on Bidean Nam Bian, in Glencoe, Scotland, police have confirmed.
David Gibson, chief officer and company secretary of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said:
"It is always difficult in these circumstances, but I think the advice we would give to people is to check the weather and avalanche forecasts before setting off, and to assess the risks.
"The thoughts of the MCoS are with all of those involved and the rescue services up there doing the job they do."
Four people were killed after a group of six climbers were caught up in an avalanche at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, Northern Constabulary has said.
A statement said two men and two women found by searchers had died and one woman from the party of six remains in a very serious condition at Belford Hospital.
The sixth climber who raised the alarm is safe and well and being assessed and cared for by emergency services.
Police are making efforts to identify the deceased and to contact next of kin.