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Man who died in rock climbing fall is named

A climber killed in a fall on a popular Snowdonia cliff was named this afternoon as 50-year-old Keith William Waddell.

Mr Waddell died while climbing on the Bwlch y Moch cliffs close to Tremadog in Gwynedd.

Members of Aberglaslyn rescue team went to the scene but Mr Waddell, from Leeds, was already dead.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones is investigating and there will be an inquest.

Walkers urged to prepare 'carefully' when in Snowdonia

Walkers are being encouraged to prepare properly before walking in Snowdonia.

Walkers are being urged to prepare before walking in Snowdonia Credit: Snowdonia National Park

As the summer holidays are well under way for thousands of families in Snowdonia, walkers are encouraged to take advantage of the large number of alternative walking trails in Snowdonia. However, with the current unsettled weather, preparation is essential.

– Snowdonia Park Authority

This is echoed by the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, who say it is important to "take care" when walking in the area.

They have released a list of tips for those who are thinking about walking in Snowdonia.

  • Prepare - take a map and plenty of water
  • Dress - make sure you have a sun hat, sun cream and wet weather clothes just in case!
  • Weather - have a look at the forecast beforehand and don't be afraid to cancel your walk if the weather isn't suitable
  • Respect - follow the Countryside Code and take your rubbish home

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70-year-old climber dies after falling in Snowdonia

A 70-year-old climber died yesterday after a climbing accident in Snowdonia. It happened at Dinas Cromlech in the Llanberis Pass.

John Ellis Roberts, a former head warden of Snowdonia National Park, fell 25ft on to a ledge whilst on a climbing crag.

Mr Roberts was winched by an RAF Sea King helicopter based at Valley in Anglesey and flown to a hospital at Bangor. He was later declared dead at the hospital.

People have been paying tribute to Mr Roberts, who over the years took part in scores of rescues in the mountains.

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Man 'very lucky' to escape serious injury in Snowdonia fall

The man fell 50ft down the summit of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mountain rescuers in Snowdonia say a walker was 'very lucky' to escape serious injury after falling 50ft on the 3,000ft peak of Tryfan.

The man in his 30s was descending the mountain when he fell down a steep slope and ended up unconscious in a stream, where he later came round.

18 members of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team and an RAF helicopter from Anglesey were called out to assist.

The man was winched off the peak and flown to hospital in Bangor with head and possible back injuries.

Flintshire couple rescued from Snowdonia

Snowdonia is a popular location with walkers Credit: PA

A young couple from Flintshire and their dog have been saved, after being trapped in a dangerous gully in Snowdonia last night.

Rescuers praised the crew of a police helicopter who had photographed their location on Tryfan.

They landed near the headquarters of Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team, and handed over a computer memory stick, enabling team organisers to know the exact whereabouts of the couple.

Team spokesman Chris Lloyd said they were grateful for their support, and a great use of modern communications.

The couple, who are in their twenties, were described as being inadequately equipped for a day on the mountains, but were unharmed.

Work underway to control rhododendrons in Snowdonia

Rhododendrons are popular garden plants, but in Snowdonia they are spreading beyond control.

The rhododendrons now cover over two thousand hectares of Snowdonia alone. There's concern that it could damage the fragile eco-system there by stopping other plants from growing.

Rhododendrons are popular garden plans Credit: Royal Horticultural Society

There are many different types of rhododendron which can make them difficult to identify.

Often the plants can be identified by their colourful, bell-shaped flowers which are often in round clusters.

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