Wednesday, March 16, 2011
"Interesting" day on Ben Nevis..
We were keen to head up to the Douglas Boulder again due to the good conditions, and relatively safe approach. While gearing up we sadly witnessed a team of three trigger an avalanche from the top third of Garadh Gully.
One climber was carried approximately 200m, his companion coming to rest at about 300m in 'the gulches' buried up to his neck. Being fairly close behind them we were able to lend a hand and initiate a rescue by Lochaber MRT and Rescue 137. Both had sustained serious fractures to their lower legs. We hope they make a swift recovery.
Conditions on the mountain are good, the difficulty is getting to the bottom of routes safely and with some energy left over. Today there were teams on Orion Direct, Astral Highway, Hadrians Wall, Waterfall Gully, Ledge Route and North West Face Route on the Douglas Boulder...