Glencoe Avalanche

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"Three climbers were killed yesterday (Saturday 24th January) when they were swept off a Scottish mountain by an avalanche.

They were buried for up to two and a half hours under thick snow after hurtling 600ft down the face of Buachaille Etive Mor in the Glencoe range.

Teams using dogs fought blizzard conditions to find the climbers in time but all three were declared dead last night after being flown by RAF helicopters to hospital.

The three who died have not yet been named. They were among two teams of climbers on the 3,352ft mountain and were some 500ft from the summit. The mountain has some of the most popular winter climbing routes in the Highlands. The avalanche struck just before midday. There have been heavy snowfalls in recent days and an avalanche warning of level three, a 'considerable' risk, had been issued." - From Scotsman Online 25th Jan

Before venturing out this winter be sure to check the SAIS site and the mountain weather forecast. Be sure to take a look at the blogs in the latter link.

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