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It took 17 volunteers nearly six hours to locate and rescue two men who’d tried to climb a Welsh mountain after a ‘boozy boy’s’ drinking session.
The men, in their 20s, had been drinking all day with friends before the whole group decided to climb Cadair Idris in Snowdonia National Park.
The party left one man on the mountain to call for help when he had collapsed. Another of the group had also fallen into a ravine and was seriously injured.
Team volunteer Graham O’Hanlon told MailOnline: “The men were not equipped for the poor weather on the mountain, or for finding their way around it, and they made some poor choices that nearly cost at least one man his life. But for the light colour of the man’s tracksuit, we may not have spotted him in time.” Read more here.
Avalanche victims dig snow cave to survive
Two climbers have been rescued from Double Cone in the Remarkables Range near Queenstown after they were hit by an avalanche.
The trouble started when the men’s tent got buried in an overnight whiteout, so they decided to try and walk out, but were hit by a class two avalanche.
“Luckily they were on the edge of that and were both caught and carried about 20 metres,” Wakatipu alpine rescue co-ordinator Russell Tilsley told RNZ. “They were only partially buried and managed to extract themselves.”
They called for help, but rescuers couldn’t get to them so they built a now shelter for the following night.
The nearest rescuers could get was 1.2km away (and 300m below) the snow cave, but they finally reached the men at 10.45am the following morning. Read more at RNZ.
The Swiss-Italian border has moved… thanks to a melting glacier!
When mountaineer’s refuge Rifugio Guide del Cervino was built in 1984 it was in Italy. Now we’re not so sure.
The border runs along the watershed, from where meltwater runs from one side of the divide into Switzerland and the other side into Italy. But this point has moved in recent years as the Theodul Glacier has melted and retreated.
Now the watershed sits below the refuge, meaning two thirds of the building is now technically in Swtizerland.
The confusion has led to diplomatic negotiations, which have reached an agreement. The trouble is, we won’t know what the agreement is until it’s rubber stamped by the Swiss government next year. Read more on this bizarre story here.
Kaimanawa Forest Park access under threat
The FMC have posted on their Facebook page that there are plans to close Waipakihi Road and Rangipo Intake Road.
These are vital for access to Kaimanawa Forest Park, and the FMC are now negotiating access rights to the park.
Reasons for the potential closure include people dumping rubbish at the road end, others driving up the Waipakihi River, and others camping and hunting on private land. Details are limited at the moment, but here’s the FMC’s post.
What happens when a non-tramper attempts Te Araroa Trail?
There are tears, pain, disillusionment, silly mistakes, more tears, dehydration, times when there’s not enough food, feeling you want to quit, more tears.
But ultimately, you grow exponentially in character and resolve. This is described beautifully by Stuff in this article on German TA hiker Vicky Kohler.
Vicky had very little tramping experience, but was bored working on a farm, so decided to take on the challenge, and boy, did she learn a lot along the way!
She carried too much, had ill-fitting shoes, was terrified by her camping stove, and had little knowledge of the challenge that lay ahead. BUT, she stuck at it and learned as she went along.