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Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

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Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
19 Jan 2013, 06:01 PM | Post: #1

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Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

Looks like it's going to be another bad one:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-21101217

I'm feeling a little anxious because I have many friends in Glencoe. Luckily I've heard from my brother who is safe and well, but he is watching the rescue unfold and says it's almost certain that the three missing climbers are dead.

When I worked up there I witnessed many similar incidents. Several times it fell to me to comfort relatives or loved ones of missing climbers as they waited anxiously in the hotel with no idea if the victims were alive or dead.

I'm praying for a good outcome...
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19 Jan 2013, 06:11 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

Adding my prayers to yours, Alex. Though I wonder what the climbers were doing there in the first place, given recent forecasts.
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Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
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RE: Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

(19 Jan 2013 06:11 PM)lyndawrites Wrote:  Adding my prayers to yours, Alex. Though I wonder what the climbers were doing there in the first place, given recent forecasts.

During my years in the hills I've learned not to judge--it could so easily have been me (and has been in the past). Central Gully might not have been my route of choice today, but then again there's a good chance there was no windslab at all at the base of the gully, leading them into a false sense of security. A patch of slab higher up may have triggered. I have been guilty of judging from the comfort of my own home in the past but unless you're on the hill at the time it's unfair to judge them ... they have after all paid a very heavy price.

Avalanches are unpredictable things and climbers have to make the best decisions they can based on the information available at the time. Sometimes, sadly, those decisions are poor ones but I have never yet met a mountaineer who deliberately ventured into avalanche-prone terrain because he thought it was the best course of action...
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19 Jan 2013, 06:41 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

This must be terribly hard for the mountain rescue teams to cope with. It's very sad altogether.
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RE: Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

(19 Jan 2013 06:41 PM)cecilia_writer Wrote:  This must be terribly hard for the mountain rescue teams to cope with. It's very sad altogether.

Tragically four mountaineers are now confirmed to have been killed.
http://news.sky.com...
It's going to be a sombre evening at the inn tonight.
Offline sujay Reading The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
20 Jan 2013, 11:06 AM | Post: #6

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RE: Glencoe avalanche this afternoon

It is a tragedy for all of those involved, but especially the families of the climbers who are no longer with us.
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