Moun­tain ex­perts warn of ‘con­sid­er­able risk’ of avalanches

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News -

Cairn­Gorm Moun­tain near Aviemore, Glen­coe, Ne­vis Range and The Lecht in Aberdeen­shire are all op­ti­mistic for ski­ing and snow­board­ing this week­end. Ex­perts, how­ever, warned of a “con­sid­er­able” risk of avalanche at all but one of Scot­land’s mon­i­tored moun­tain ar­eas.

The num­ber of avalanches in the High­lands fell last sea­son – but there were still five deaths linked to the treach­er­ous snow slides.

The warn­ing ser­vice run by the Scot­tish Avalanche In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice pro­vides climbers and hill walk­ers with a risk as­sess­ment for the moun­tains.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is­sues daily re­ports for Lochaber, Glen­coe, Creag Mea­gaidh, the Cairn­gorms and Tor­ri­don. Only Tor­ri­don es­caped yes­ter­day’s avalanche warn­ing. SAIS fore­cast­ers recorded fewer avalanches last year than the pre­vi­ous win­ter, 205 com­pared with 237.

But more than 100 walk­ers and climbers were in­volved in avalanche in­ci­dents. Three peo­ple died in avalanches dur­ing a 10-day pe­riod last Fe­bru­ary.

SAIS said 159 avalanches were nat­u­ral while 46 in­ci­dents were trig­gered by peo­ple.

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