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Mountain warnings issued due to adverse weather conditions

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People are being warned not to climb any of Scotland’s mountains in the coming weeks unless they are highly experienced and well-equipped. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) warned potential climbers that wind, snow, and freezing temperatures would make walking/climbing potentially very hazardous.

MCofS expressed its concerns in advance of the Easter weekend, traditionally one of the busiest times of year for Scotland’s mountains. The council’s safety adviser, Heather Morning, said that only experienced mountain climbers should attempt to go out in these conditions. She stressed that inexperienced climbers were not only putting themselves at risk, but rescuers too.

“busy time for the volunteers in the mountain rescue teams”

She suggested to anyone climbing higher than 600m should be equipped with an ice axe and crampons. She stressed the fact that lightweight slip-on snow-spikes would not suffice. Simon Steer, chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue, said:

“It’s a sad fact that the beautiful, yet deceptive conditions on the hills at Easter means that this is often a busy time for the volunteers in the mountain rescue teams. We hope that hill goers will heed the advice of the MCofS to avoid getting into difficulties which can place both themselves and their rescuers at risk.”

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service classified the avalanche hazard risk for Creag Meagaidh as “high” and “considerable” for Glen Coe, Lochaber and Northern and Southern Cairngorms.

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