Three climbers die in Glencoe Avalanche

January 27, 2009

accident

The Mail on Sunday reports that three climbers from a party of seven, were killed in an avalanche while climbing to the summit of 3,300ft Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe. Apparently they had reached 2,700ft when the avalanche struck.

The paper reports that “an avalanche, which may have been started accidentally by another climber above them, smashed through the group sending them crashing 600ft down the mountain.”

“Hamish MacInnes, 78, a founder of the Avalanche Board which assesses the risks of avalanches in Scotland, said: “There are a lot of avalanches on this particular
mountain – this is one of many, but also one of the worst. In the steep parts the snow can’t accumulate, but these climbers were in a gully where snow can accumulate and that’s where the trouble was. “People have to assess for themselves what the risks are, and luck comes into it too. I think these people have been pretty unlucky.””
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1127171/Pictured-The-brothers-killed-avalanche-Scottish-Highlands.html

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