On Saturday 22nd Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team carried out an 'epic' rescue on the remote Beinn Eibhinn, northeast of Corrour, searching for a walker who'd fallen through a cornice. In the horrendous conditions, team members also fell through cornices ...at least four times. They were avalanched too. Thankfully it all ended well.
Here's the team's account, from their Facebook page:
'We had a 10 hour epic day yesterday [Saturday, Ed.] with a shout for a climber who had fallen through a cornice on Beinn Eibhinn to the north of Corrour. Our guys fell through cornices at least 4 times themselves and were avalanched while trying to locate the climber. Conditions were atrocious with total white out conditions and very high winds and heavy snow.'
'The guys were having to navigate around the edge of cliffs and gullies in visibility that was not even the length of your arm. Although we say it ourselves, "The Team" did an absolutely fantastic job putting both life and limb on the line to get to the guy who was recovered safe and well.'
They close with an interesting observation about funding:
'All the guys in Scottish Mountain Rescue are volunteers dealing with over 400 rescues per year. They provide safety cover for one of, if not the largest participation sports in the UK yet will receive less than one weeks wages for Wayne Rooney in support annually from government sources. In fact if any of our guys had been seriously injured or killed this year the total payout in insurance from Police Scotland would have been less than Rooney's weekly wage. This is no criticism of Rooney, just the undervaluing of the resource by our politicians and agencies. In fact if the Crystal Palace fans want to come up to Fort William and throw coins at us we will happily accept the cash!'