Res­cue ser­vices ask walk­ers and climbers to leave de­tails of routes

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

Po­lice, moun­tain res­cue teams and the coast­guard yes­ter­day is­sued a joint plea to walk­ers and climbers to in­form some­one about their in­tended routes.

The emer­gency ser­vices said they were “in­creas­ingly chal­lenged by searches for peo­ple leav­ing min­i­mal or no in­for­ma­tion.”

Lochaber and Cairn­gorm moun­tain res­cue teams an­swered seven call-outs in the first few days of 2017 in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing a fa­tal in­ci­dent.

Fa­ther-of-four Mark Bowl­ing, 52, from Burn­ley, Lan­cashire, died in a fall while de­scend­ing 4,049ft Aonach Beag in Lochaber.

Win­ter sport en­thu­si­asts are be­ing urged not to put them­selves at un­nec­es­sary risk – and to tell a rel­a­tive or friend of their in­ten­tions be­fore ven­tur­ing out.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Colin Gough said: “At this time of year, peo­ple rightly come to the Scot­tish moun­tains in search of the ex­cel­lent win­ter sports and moun­taineer­ing chal­lenges avail­able. How­ever, our moun­tains should not be un­der­es­ti­mated as they can be un­for­giv­ing for even the most ex­pe­ri­enced.

“Se­vere weather con­di­tions fore­cast in the com­ing days could change your en­vi­ron­ment within min­utes and nav­i­ga­tion could be­come dif­fi­cult. White­out con­di­tions could also make paths and tracks dan­ger­ously im­pass­able.”

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