Avalanche Rescue In Scotland

Two people have been airlifted off a mountain after an avalanche struck - as rescue teams search for a third person who is missing in blizzard conditions.

A major rescue operation was launched after the avalanche, on Buchaille Etive Mhor, near Glencoe, in the Highlands. Rescue helicopters were sent to the scene, together with members of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team. An RAF spokesman confirmed that their helicopter had taken two people off the mountain. They were flown to the Belford Hospital in Forth William - although the spokesman said one of them was being taken by air ambulance to hospital in Glasgow. The Fort William area is known for its beautiful scenery and is popular with skiers, climbers and walkers.
Buchaile Etive Mor is a mountain popular with climbers. It is known for its distinctive shape, which looks like a pyramid, and features on many postcards of the area. The information website Visit Fort William says its Curved Ridge is ideal for scrambling, an activity between hill walking and climbing in difficulty, and which requires hands to be used to get up rocky faces and ridges.
The website said it could be difficult to locate in mist but "gives delightful, easy climbing".

Buchaille Etive Mor



Buchaille Etive Mor is one of the most famous mountains and views in all of Scotland, indeed it is pictured on the front of the "Glencoe whisky bottle and exported all over the world". It's imposing profile appears to guard Glencoe against invasion as you approach the glen from the south, it's near vertical walls and buttresses soar towards upwards as if the mountain were a pyramid. The mountain is much more impressive "close up" than in any photograph and offers the mountain traveller opportunities in all seasons.



Winter
In winter this mountain is a classic - there are world famous ice-climbing routes like Crowberry Ridge that people travel the entire country (or from abroad) to climb in winter...




The mountain is no more dangerous than any other and all should be given appropriate respect.
In Glencoe the avalanche forcast is posted in the Boockle car park and on the walls of the pubs. There is no excuse for not reading it and acting appropriately. If you don't understand the forecast make sure someone responsible in your party does, then go on a Winter Skills Course yourself - if these aren't an option go to the pub and stay off the hills in winter - I'm sure that becoming another statistic is not a pleasant experience.
The Glencoe
Mountain Rescue Team work tirelessly in winter to both keep the mountains safe (by posting reports) and by assisting unfortunate climbers (usually daily). They nearly went bankrupt recently - please consider donating some money to the local MRT wherever you are visiting in the UK.

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