Busy period for Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a Coastguard helicopter were kept busy at the weekend. Photograph: LMRT. NO F31 mountain rescue 01
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a Coastguard helicopter were kept busy at the weekend. Photograph: LMRT. NO F31 mountain rescue 01

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It has been a busy period for Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team recently with five call-outs to Ben Nevis on Saturday plus the rescue of seven stranded hillwalkers from the mountain on Friday.

Friday’s call-out ended at 5am but actually started 12 hours earlier when the team was alerted to the seven people who had become crag fast after gearing up for a traverse of the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête.

The team posted: ‘Somewhat off the route, the group were located on dangerous ground in the area of Good Friday climb – a classic winter line on Ben Nevis.

‘With assistance from R151, a number of the team were lifted to the summit to retrieve the summit ropes and begin rigging a rope system, while further members were lifted up to the CIC hut.

‘With dangerous loose rock above the party, a decision was made for a small number of team members to access the group from below and move them over to a safer position where they could be accessed from above and moved safely up to the summit. Another 12-hour epic with everyone getting back to base for an early breakfast at 5am.

‘Not counting the other call-outs already this week, this shout carried on with the theme of unpleasant places to be on the North Face, following a call-out on Tuesday afternoon to a cragfast man in Observatory Gully.

‘Once again, a strong effort by everyone involved and a big thanks to the crew of R151 for their much appreciated assistance.’

Saturday’s five call-outs were also all to Ben Nevis, with three of the incidents being heat-related. Coastguard helicopter R151 and RAF Lossiemouth Mountain Rescue Team also assisted.