/ Glencoe avalanche
Let's hope that everyone is OK
News Update 19:46 four have been confirmed dead: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/news/item.php?id=67748
Six climbers involved - fatalities involved - MRT digging at the moment =
near church door buttress
Just texted my brother to make sure he isn't involved... courage and strength to the rescuers, and I sincerely hope the victims all make it off the hill.
updated on bbc link above
3 fatalities - MRT are still searching for 1 person
Saw some of the rescue from the summit of SCNL, watched them stretcher someone down to HMS Gannet, foul conditions in terms of vis though mercifully the winds nowhere near as bad as yesterday.
Best of luck to all involved, keeping my fingers crossed.
The MRT will have got the names from the first climber rescued.
The police have the names of the climbers involved.
Your family will be okay - loads of people out in the hills
Best to try and stay calm neon blue.
You have my sympathies but if your husband's name is not on the list then he will be fine. I'm sure as soon as he head about the incident he will get in touch with you.
Leave a message and/or text with as many in the party as possible - they might be on different networks so one of them might get a signal where the others don't.
Wait a while, if there's an incident going on the police will be busy.
If you hear nothing within a reasonable time, ring the Lochaber police explaining that your husband and brother were climbing in the area where the incident happened and that you haven't heard from them. Give them both your and your husband's numbers and also car registration.
Hope all turns out well for you.
Sobering thought that I was less than 2km away earlier in the week.
Thoughts are with families and to those involved in the rescue.
... et al. Out on the Ben today, multiple localised instabilities around. Mostly possible to avoid. The nasty bits are particularly sensitive tho'. Take care.
Apparent it was a 6 person tram, 3 males, 3 females, I was contacted by a journalist for a witness account and she informed that according to Northern Constabulary there have been NO fatalities and that all have been recovered though a female member of the group is in serious condition due to head injuries.
Couldn't see where it said it on the BC website myself but my phone ain't the best at navigating sites.
Hope this helps to put your mind at rest a little,and I also second the idea of getting a shout put out in the Clachaig, though I'd do it just now as the band'll be on by 9.
Again best wishes for all those involved.
Edit: bc website should've read NC website (northern constabulary)
This is all I can find on the NC site:
A bit ambiguous, am hoping you're right.
Number to call on the Northern Constabulary page if folk still haven't heard from people due to be in the hills today. Thoughts with all involved.
Thoughts go out to all involved - They died living their lives and dreams.
Poor sods, heart goes out to all those affected by this, RIP.
Horrible, the outcome none of us wanted.
My thoughts are with the family and friends, and especially the two survivors. Fingers crossed for a full recovery for the injured climber.
Sad Sad News
My sympathies are with all those affected by this.
These were clearly well equipped individuals who were probably doing everything right , but in the wrong place at the wrong time .
I just held a minute's silence in the Clachaig boots bar. Condolences to the friends and families of all involved, and as always huge respect for the efforts of the rescue teams.
Awful news, thoughts are with the families.
My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the two survivors. As a mountaineer and climber I can think of no worse position to ever be in.
A tragedy for all involved. My condolences to the families.
Condolences to all involved
Chilling, as four of us where at Sron na Lairig today completely oblivious. After coming back to several messages from concerned friends and relatives, it reinforced for me the need to leave detailed route information other than "I'm in Glencoe"
Very sad news
Shit, f*ck, bollocks! I hate this.
<Sorry, just how I feel>
your not alone Tony, RIP those climbers who were enjoying what made them Happy
> RIP those climbers who were enjoying what made them Happy
Yes, absolutely. And sincere condolences to the families and friends left behind, may they find solace in the fact that they died doing what they loved.
Nice words Caroline. We all enjoy our times on the hills, but there is always an inherent risk in what we do. When it goes wrong the results can be traumatic for many. Not a great day today for some, but another learning day for many. So sad for the friends & family. Stay safe everyone.
Aye, shit & bugger.
Give strength to those they have left behind.
So true Caroline.
Thoughts are with survivors and families.
Condolences to those involved, may it be a small consolation that they died as they lived, in the mountains enjoying life.
1. all membres of a party should carry avalance beacons and know how to use them. If someone is buried it is recommended to reach them within 15 minutes latest.
2.if you have to enter a couloir at least spread out or go down it cross it one at a time. This avoids putting too much weight on the slope at one time and reduces the numbers of people caught in the event of an avalanche coming from above.
The weight of a small amount of snow is surprising 150-200 kg/m3. Next time you see a snow plough operating, just watch in how short a time a covering of a couple of inches can build up to a cubic metre. If you are hit by a few tonnes of high speed snow, an avalanche beacon is not much use, therefore the best method is observation and minimisation of risk.
These beacons cost around £250 on the internet and they do save lives but they are of no use unless all the party is equipped and with shovels and probes as well
While I agree you have a valid opinion there I really wonder what would motivate you say this on this thread at this time when the details of the accident are not even clear. And please don't reply and start an argumant you can email me through my profile if you want to talk.
Condolences to the family and friends. I've lost loved ones in the mountains and know how terrible it feels (and how helpful and supportive most climbers are).
Well said. This isn't the time for this discussion. Condolences to all affected.
Really sad news - my heart goes out to their families, friends and everyone involved.
As an Ex-MRT troop, I shall raise a dram and have a wee thought to all concerned tonight.
i'm finding this truly humbling as I'm up there in a few weeks…
Well said Caroline. My thoughts and sympathy to the friends and families.
On the TV today they showed the MR coming off the hill last night the guys looked exhausted and their heads were down...I'll have that dram too
My condolences too - just got back from North Wales...
A sobering reminder of how dangerous our sport can be. Deepest condolences to all involved.
Update of those involved on the BBC Sctoland website - don't know how to do thie link
Sorry had that dram
When I heard the news last night it sent a shiver down my spine. Respect to those selfless people who volunteer and are part of the mountain rescue teams. My heart goes out to the family and friends who are affected.
Respect to the rescue team who carried out such harrowing work in a dangerous environment.
> I just can't believe how young they all are.
Wow.. didn't realise that. Awful news.
Totally agree re Offwidths post. Also I saw someone on FB saying that journo's were around Clachaig trying to get statements of climbers in there, so it'd be wise to watch what is said on this thread..
Just back from a few days on Skye myself, we heard the news yesterday teatime. Heartfelt condolencies to the families of those lost and fingers crossed for the injured girl. The poor guy who raised the alram must have gone through a harrowing ordeal but kept it together, respect.
A dram was raised by everyone at the Skye winter meet but the mood was rather subdued.
What amazing folk the MRT are! Condolences to friends and family x
Terrible news, my heart felt condolences to all the family and friends involved. Also, to all the members of MRT's across the country who selflessly go out in horrendous conditions on our behalf, thanks to you all.
> Just back from a few days on Skye myself, we heard the news yesterday teatime. Heartfelt condolencies to the families of those lost and fingers crossed for the injured girl. ..........
We too were on a winter meet and club AGM , in our case at Glen Clova , and our members were shocked to hear the terrible news , and all expressed similar sentiments to yours above , as I'm sure the whole community does.
If their families , in time, read these posts, we can only hope that they can take some comfort from the heartfelt comments made by those who may not have known these young people personally, but perhaps some of us feel we know them just a little, through shared experiences, and a shared love of the mountains that we all find so very compelling .
Our thoughts and hopes are that the injured girl pulls through, and if she does, we can be under no illusions that physical injuries, will only be her initial hurdle, and when the doctors have done what they can, it will be down to family and friends to help her come to terms with the loss of the others.
...I echo that sentiment...
> Terrible news, my heart felt condolences to all the family and friends involved. Also, to all the members of MRT's across the country who selflessly go out in horrendous conditions on our behalf, thanks to you all.
Very sad news - some of those who lost their lives had friends over on the Singletrack forum...
Thanks for the link Toby
....see you on those big mountains in the sky....one day....but not yet...
Sincere condolences to all involved and affected by this tragedy.
A nice article here
Condolences to all the friends and families of those caught up in this tragedy.
I knew Una from university and she was an amazing person, a real pleasure to be around, she will be sorely missed. Feeling quite numb that she has been taken from all of our lives like this.
Rest in peace
And here (apologies if linked to already)
Good to see that Rubbishy managed to say something sensible to the reporters.
Dreadful events and my sympathies go out to the family and friends of those involved.
I know it's a logical follow-on but leave it a while yet Peter til the details come out, then start another thread. This isn't the place.
Point taken, Liz. Many apologies that this seemed premature.
My thoughts are with her parents, sisters and rest of the family, and of course the families of the other victims.
We were "doorstepped" while chatting with friends on the Sunday evening at the pub.
I didn't want to say anything at first, but thought it was important to make the point that this was a terrible accident, that could not have been predicted. By saying what I said hopefully non-climbers will understand and don't come to the wrong conclusion or make judgements. I hope I did the right thing.
My condolences to the families and friends.
In the afternoon a chap from the Glasgow Herald spoke to us and quoted me later, thankfully what was written and my quote seemed balanced enough and not sensationalist.
To put my comments in context I was climbing NW gully on Coire nam Beith on Saturday
I did feel somewhat uncomfortable speaking to the press at all
John, your comments read well and were the right thing to say. I forwarded the link to a (non-outdoorsy) friend who'd been making the usual "armchair critic" comments and it shut him up!
Absolutely. Couldn't have been better.
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