Well today I ventured out onto Sergeants Gully and Parsley Fern, it was a stunning day, probably one of the best I have ever had out on easy ice/snow gullys in North Wales. The weather was alpine. Blue Skies, no wind and freezing.
I received this email today, I thought it had some interesting points, especially since I mentioned the Mountain Safe group. Who have a hard time getting there message across, it seemed to me like a great way that we could get the message across, as most people have to stay somewhere in and around Snowdonia, and to have everyone staying handed a leaflet by the owners of accommodation might really help. Anyway here’s the email:
I’m trying to play a small part with our guests at (hotel, B&B, Bunkhouse) explaining about clothing, layers, proper footwear, telling people where they’re going, carrying a phone, drinks, Mars bars and so on. I’ve still had two lots of guest send up in Ysbyty Gwynedd and had to call mountain rescue for another group.
Other guests have gone up in trainers and jeans and we’ve had two or three guests whose dog’s pads have been shredded on the Llanberis Pass by sharp slate.
All this is leading to the fact I’m fed up with nagging and am looking for safety posters to put up in the accommodation. Does Llanberis M R have one? Do you have any other suggestions? Otherwise I need some good text and I’ll make my own.
There was a avalanche today on Snowdon, at the top of the PYG track, fortunately no one was hurt, although two people were reportedly caught in the slip. There is a lot of Snow accumulating in the gully’s at the moment, as well as a strong breeze building up windslab.
Well, it had been a long festive season, finishing at 5am for me on New Years Day, in a total state. I rested yesterday, mainly in bed. I did make it down to look at the fresh snow starting to fall, and sat indoor when the Team was called out. Sorry I couldn’t make it but I was still a mess and 5pm, so thought I would only be a liability on the hill. There were two rescue that evening, and neither would have been very easy as the condition looked atrocious outside my window. I think I was tucked up in bed by the time both jobs concluded.