Tragedy in Torridon – A sad call – out. My thought with the family and all involved.

The weather was wild this weekend in my local village and I even curtailed my short walk. At this time a Rescue operation was being carried out in the North West Of Scotland by the Torridon and Kinlochewe Mountain Rescue Team. I was lucky to be part of this great bunch of people for a few years. They rarely get acknowledgement for what they do in these huge wild hills and a bunch of local people  not many in numbers who are regularly involved in Rescues in this wild area. It was a call -out in bad weather with a tragic result yesterday.

This is from the Torridon and Kinlochewe Mountain Rescue Team Face book  page, late night. This is the Blog Report for the newly introduced Torridon Avalanche Report  http://torridonblog.sais.gov.uk.

Weather in the area at times - photo Torridon Avalanche Blogspot. http://torridonblog.sais.gov.uk/

Weather in the area at times – photo Torridon Avalanche Blogspot. http://torridonblog.sais.gov.uk/

It show the weather that the teams and helicopter were working in please never take them for granted.

Torridon – Forecast Blizzard Conditions in the Morning

31st January 2015

Gales and heavy snow in the morning made for difficult walking with gusts stopping us in our tracks. Deep drifts were collecting in any sheltered location. By early afternoon, the snowfall turned to heavy squally showers, mainly of graupel – very good for the complexion! There are weaknesses in the recent storm snowpack and we observed avalanche activity on a SE aspect on Liathach.

Torridon and Kinlochewe Mountain Rescue Team - a great bunch of people.

Torridon and Kinlochewe Mountain Rescue Team – a great bunch of people.

“The team deployed this morning (Sat)for an early morning first light search with CG R100 after Highland & Islands Police Division alerted us too 2 over due climbers who were climbing on Liathach on Friday.
One of the climbers managed to walk out today after spending the night on the hill to raise the team for assistance but sadly the other climber was found fatally injured this afternoon after being avalanched the previous day. Many thanks to CG R100 and Police Scotland for their assistance and a good team effort by all involved.
Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of the climber.”

Liathach a wild place in winter - big walk in and big mountains.

Liathach a wild place in winter – big walk in and big mountains.

 

About heavywhalley.MBE

Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist
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2 Responses to Tragedy in Torridon – A sad call – out. My thought with the family and all involved.

  1. Lyndon Jones says:

    Very sad result thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends.
    Well done to the rescue team members work in conditions like these takes great commitment and often bravery all too easily forgotten following these incidents.!

    Liked by 1 person

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