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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.

Man rescued after avalanche swept him 1,000ft

The man was stretchered down the peak by rescue teams to Llyn Glaslyn Credit: Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team

A man was airlifted to hospital by an RAF helicopter yesterday after being buried in snow by an avalanche on Snowdon.

The 28-year-old from Bristol and his girlfriend were swept 1,000ft by the snow.

Six other walkers were also caught in the avalanche and carried various distances.

The couple were ascending the PYG track - one of the most rugged and challenging - when ice gave way and the avalanche occurred, around lunchtime yesterday.

More than 30 rescuers were called out from Aberglaslyn and Llanberis Mountain Rescue teams.

Crews were also called to help a hiker who fell around 200ft through a large cornice, after wandering off route.

The man, thought to be in his 40s from Denbigh didn't have a map.

Rescuers said he managed to stop his slide, but didn't have an ice axe and dialled 999.

Rescuers from Llanberis Mountain Rescue searched in whiteout conditions Credit: Bellis Media

Four members of Llanberis rescue team searched in whiteout conditions for more than an hour, before finding him.

He was eventually recovered to safe ground.


'Poorly-equipped' walker sparks six-hour rescue

The Snowdon walker was wearing jeans and trainers and didn't have an ice axe, crampons or even a torch Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

A lone walker was rescued from Snowdon last night in a situation rescuers described as 'very much avoidable'.

The 37-year-old Sussex man - who was poorly-equipped with no torch, and wearing jeans and trainers - sparked a six-hour rescue mission after becoming lost in dreadful weather conditions.

A spokesman for the Llanberis rescue team said: “Walkers should be prepared adequately and use common sense."

Man and woman rescued after Snowdon fall

A man and a woman have been rescued on Snowdon today after they fell whilst scrambling. They were on the Cribyn ridge when the 65 year old man from Cumbria, took a 20 ft tumble. He fell into a 30 year old woman from Birmingham, who then slipped 30 ft.

The Llanberis Mountain rescue team - along with an RAF rescue helicopter from Valley - helped get the pair to a hospital in Bangor. Their injuries aren't believed to be serious.

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