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Calls to tackle 'avoidable' callouts to Snowdon

Walker makes his way to the summit Credit: PA

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is calling for more to be done to tackle problems and risks on Mount Snowdon.

According to the organisation there has been a significant increase in the number of avoidable callouts to rescue teams, parking problems, traffic congestion and litter.

More than 470,000 walkers visited the mountain in 2013, and the BMC says funding to the park needs to be upped to reflect its status as Britain's busiest mountain.

The current practice of managing the paths by reacting to individual problems such as 'landscaping' and smoothing out natural obstacles has done nothing to alleviate the issues.

If anything it has created a bigger problem as many walkers and visitors are under the impression that Snowdon is a 'tourist attraction', similar to a fully way-marked country park trail.

– Elfyn Jones, BMC

Two men walking on Snowdon rescued

Two 25-year-old men walking on Snowdon after a fresh fall of snow were rescued this afternoon after getting into difficulty.

The pair, from Walsall, did not have ice axes or crampons and got stuck at an altitude of 2,500ft on the Crib Goch ridge.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley in Anglesey was unable to reach them because of cloud, so four members of Llanberis mountain rescue team attended to escort the men safely off the mountain.

Woman injured near summit of Snowdon

The fall happened near the summit of Mt. Snowdon. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

A woman was taken to hospital this afternoon after sliding around 300ft from near the summit of Snowdon.

Members of the Llanberis and RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Teams assisted in aiding the woman down, after being alerted to the incident at just after 1pm.

The fall comes after another person slipped from near the same spot yesterday.

The woman was able to walk down the mountain and was taken to hospital for assessment.

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