ICWales reports climbing instructor John McDermott was fined Ã‚Â£1,500 after a woman was paralyzed from the waist down after belayers let go of a rope after hearing his command which was intended to the climber.
Lisa Brennin was attending a course led by McDermott when he shouted Ã¢â‚¬Å“let go of the ropeÃ¢â‚¬Â as a confidence building exercise to lean back and have confidence in her fellow climbers. Instead her belayers let go of the ropes at Trevor Rocks, near Llangollen and she fell 30 feet.
The BBC reports officials are unable to raise nearly $4 Million to replace the Showdon Cafe which was once labelled a “slum” by Prince Charles.
The current concrete block cafe is nearly 70 years old and deteriorating. Snowdonia National Park Authority says it needs to raise the funds by June or the new cafe will not be built. The new cafe to be completed by 2007 would be a stone and glass building. It is estimated that 350,000 visitors make the trek to the top of Wales’ highest mountain every year by train or on foot. The original cafe was built in 1935 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the creator of the tourist Italianate village of Portmeirion on the north Wales coast.
– have all stalled because of a lack of cash. More than $8 Million has already been raise ($6 Million from the Assembly Government and $2 Million from the Wales Tourist Board, Welsh Development Agency and Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Icliverpool reports Bob Neale and Billy Rimmer on Ben Nevis were rescued in a snow by sending a text message to a man who called 999 (the European equivalent of 911). A helicopter was dispatched to Tower Ridge but had to turn back because of bad weather. A rescue crew was dispatched and accompanied the hikers down. A spokesman for Fort William police said: “The two climbers, although reasonably well equipped, were inexperienced for the route chosen, and failed to allow adequate time to complete the route. Accident statistics show that solo climbing and starting late on Tower Ridge are the greatest hazards to mountaineers on Ben Nevis. The climbers had started their ascent at 3 p.m.
Reuters reports the Czech government is offering to help pay for a fire at Chile’s most famous national park Torres del Paine in Patagonia after one of its citizen started it by kicking over a campstove. The fire burned in about 55 square miles out of the park’s total area of 700 square miles The imposing granite spires and vast glaciers in Torres del Paine are a magnet for foreign tourists, especially during the Southern Hemisphere summer from December-February. Dozens of campers were evacuated when the fire was at its height earlier this week. Smoke obscured the park’s spectacular views, but the fire never reached the most popular parts of the park, which lies near the bottom of the continent. Explorer Web reports that two climbers are still missing in the fire. There’s a lot of info on the park via Google.
The Irish Examiner report authorities fear that two men have perished on Ireland’s Carrantuohill. A man in his 40′s fell several hundred feet on Beenkeragh Ridge to his death on the MacGillycuddy Reeks. Authorities have also called off the search for a 22-year-old Swedish man, Olas Jansen after a week. Weather conditions were described as atrocious, with very high winds and rain. The Jansen search involved more than 180 climbers and walkers from clubs north of the border, a Coastguard helicopter, Civil Defence, gardaÃƒÂ and seven sniffer dogs. The team expressed cause for concern about the large numbers of people that climb Carrantuohill during the festive season, especially on St StephenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day.
Ireland On-Line warns that hikers should be prepared for winter weather for the traditional St. Stephens Day Hike of Carauntoohil which attracts thousands of hikers.