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Snowdon fall climber 'probably saved' by helmet

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) says the climber who filmed himself falling around 100 metres on Snowdon probably survived because he was wearing a helmet.

It also praised the reaction of Mark Roberts' friends after he fell.

Accidents do happen, but Mark was well equipped, wearing a helmet, and that probably saved his life.

The other climbers in the area did exactly the right thing. His friend dialled 999 and asked for the police as soon as they saw the fall, and he was lucky in that two members of the mountain rescue were climbing nearby.

The team got to him within 30 minutes. Of course, we always try to be fast, but this time we were quicker than usual!

– Elfyn Jones, BMC & Conservation Officer for Wales and member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

Snowdon fall man: 'I tried not to panic'

“When it all happens so quickly, you just try not panic andhope there’s some luck with you" Mark Roberts told the British Mountaineering Council's website.

"There was no feeling of panic, more a concerted effort to protect my head and neck and be aware of what was below me, where I was heading and what I could do to slow and stop myself before I got to the more serious rocky outcrops".

"I was a little dazed but, critically, not unconscious. Interestingly, I had the foresight to check the cam was still attached and just hoped the vid had recorded that: it wasn’t one for repeating!"

Climber captures 100-metre Snowdon fall on camera

A climber has captured his terrifying descent after he fell while climbing Snowdon.

Mark Roberts, 47, a safety consultant and lifelong climber was climbing with two companions on February 24.

He had reached the Parsley Fern Lefthand Gully when he was hit by a chunk of falling ice. The impact caused him to fall down a steep gully, losing his ice axes in the process.

The entire fall was recorded on a camera mounted to Mr Roberts' helmet.

He was taken to hospital in Bangor following a rescue by the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team and the crew of an RAF helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.

68 year-old runs up Snowdon 68 times

Geoff Fielding raised money for St David's Hospice
He took on the challenge at the beginning of last year
"I ran up Snowdon 68 times!"

68 year-old Geoff Fielding from Llanrhos has raised over £1200 for St David's Hospice by running up Snowdon 68 times.

That's 218,000 feet climbed and 650 miles run.

It's the equivalent of 7 and a half times up Everest from sea level.


Snowdon Mount Railway 'damaged' after 4x4 driven up

Experts who checked the Snowdon Mountain Railway after a 4x4 had been driven towards the summit for a second time have told Caernarfon Crown Court that part of the track was damaged. Mike Roberts, from the Railway, said that part of the rack system which carries trains had buckled.

Craig Williams denies two counts of dangerous driving. He has not been present in court today, and the trial continues in his absence.

Man on trial accused of driving 4x4 up Snowdon

A man is on trial accused of two counts of dangerous driving - after a 4x4 vehicle was twice found near the summit of Snowdon. Craig Williams, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, denies both counts.

He did not appear at Caernarfon Crown Court this morning, as the trial got underway without him. The judge swore the jury in and told them they shouldn't infer or imply anything from him not being there.

The prosecution told the court that, on the second occasion, the vehicle was found with signs which read 'I made it to the summit' and saying it was for sale on eBay.

The case continues. It is expected to finish on Friday.

The Vauxhall vehicle was found near the summit of Snowdon twice in September 2011 Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Seven Snowdon rescues

Seven people were rescued from Mount Snowdon last night in three separate rescues.

In the first rescue two men from Essex, aged 60 and 40, were helped down from Cwm Idwal after wandering on to a dangerous rock face.

Later a team from RAF Valley went to the aid of a 19-year-old girl from Liverpool University who had injured her ankle while descending from the Glyder range near Bethesda. She was brought down before receiving hospital treatment at Bangor.

In the final rescue of the night, four 20-year-old men were helped after finding holes covered up by snow when climbing Tryfan.

Rescuers had to deal with difficult conditions including lightning, snow, hail and rain.

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