/ Death of a sheep.
It was on the north flank of Ard Crags, but before the really craggy bit. Maybe a 45 degree grassy slope, with a few rock steps. The sort of slope you'd think was a stiff pull up, but nothing that you'd consider particularly bad ground. After the first couple of rolls the somersaults became massively bigger, until the sheep came to rest. Sobering stuff considering the relatively shallow slope.
Yes. Unfortunately I witnessed a person falling from the top of a winter climb (no rope). It is not something I would ever wish to witness again.
I took a big fall (50-70 foot) off the forcan Ridge once, also did a few somersaults off the cliff before bouncing through about 150 foot of scree. It hurt a bit. Wouldn't recommend it as a descent method.
For those members of UKC who care about their ovine friends, there will be a memorial service next saturday at St David's Parish Church, followed by a baahbeque.
There is a route over in that direction which commemorates a similar event................ It's called
A very experienced friend of a friend was killed on a 45 degree grass slope when a slip very, very quickly became being reduced to a rag doll down the hill.
I'd often class steep wet grass as possibly the most dangerous terrain in the hills.
Very sorry to hear that. Rag doll is a very apt description. I posted this as it's the sort of ground that many people tend to relax a bit on after doing any exposed stuff.
> followed by a baahbeque.
Grilled lamb chops?
I can remember telling my venture scouts to keep low and if you think you are going over try to spread yourself out and try to slide. I never really knew why until I saw someone go bouncing down a slope, fortunately he survived but he was in a very bad way with multiple fractures, internal bleeding and stuff. Unfortunately sheep are basically round and can't spreadeagle themselves to try and slide. Bit of a design flaw really.
> I'd often class steep wet grass as possibly the most dangerous terrain in the hills.
It's a toss-up between that and steep dry grass. Especially when wearing rock shoes.
> It's a toss-up between that and steep dry grass. Especially when wearing rock shoes.
...and that's why the majority of so-called approach shoes are useless in the UK - astro trainers are much better than 'guide tennies' or similar with next to no tread.
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