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Four Mountain Climbers Killed in Scottish Avalanche

Tragedy Claims Lives of Four Climbers in Scottish Avalanche.

Four British mountain climbers have died in a Scottish avalanche. A fifth is critically injured and currently receiving medical treatment in hospital in Glasgow. The incident, which involved a group of six climbers, took on place on Saturday afternoon on Bidean nam Bian, a 1000+ peak to the south of Glencoe.

The Dangers of Mountain Climbing - Four British mountain climbers were killed in a Scottish avalanche at Glencoe

Scottish Avalanche:

According to reports from Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, all but one of the six-strong mountain climbing group fell 300+ meters after being swept down the side of the mountain at a speed of 50mph. The deputy head of the local rescue service described the experience as brutal.

The incident highlights the need to take extra care when ascending mountains during or after heavy snowfall. In this instance, an avalanche took place on a relatively short climb, but as the tragedy demonstrates, any climb is dangerous when weather conditions are adverse. Avalanche warnings rated as considerable had been issued for the area, which meant the risk of human triggered falls were likely.

In 2009, three men were killed in the same area, following an avalanche on Coire na Tulaich. Tragedy returned to the area in 2010 when two men were killed in the Buachaille Etive Mor area of Glencoe.


Photo: Colin Souza / Dave Souza (Creative Commons 2.0)

Words: Al Cuin

Tags: Avalanche, Glencoe, Highlands, mountain climbing

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