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Outdoor Learning in Scotland

The Scottish Region covers the country’s rich and diverse landscape from the sprawling Borders, Mountains of the Cairngorms, Glen Coe and the wild North, to the spectacular west coast and islands including remote and windswept Orkney and Shetland Isles. Wilderness, Wildlife and challenge abound in all shapes and sizes. Scotland’s Outdoor community are well spread throughout providing a range of learning experiences and journeys.

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Climbers in trainers rescued in Ben Nevis blizzard
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Climbers in trainers rescued in Ben Nevis blizzard

The group who were caught in blizzard conditions had "no ice axes, no crampons and as far as we are aware no maps". Three of them were wearing trainers

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team found them near the summit of the mountain.

All four were taken by helicopter from part-way down the mountain to be checked over at Belford Hospital in Fort William.

The rescue helicopter, R151, could not be used near the summit because of the severity of the conditions.

In a statement, the rescue team said: "All casualties lifted from Half Way Lochan by R151 and transported by Team to the Belford Hospital. Extremely lucky people. No winter kit - no ice axes, no crampons and as far as we are aware no maps.

"Three of the guys were in trainers! They were about 150 metres down into Coire Eoghainn on steep ice and if they had slipped or gone down any further consequences could have far more serious."

They added: "Could have so easily ended up so different."

The rescue team described as "horrendous" weather with the wind chill about -20C.

The rescue on Britain's highest mountain comes in the wake of Storm Ciara and amid Met Office yellow "be aware" warnings of high winds and snow.

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