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Apology after peak advice error
Ben Nevis
The descent of Ben Nevis in poor visibility' is considered hazardous
A mountaineering magazine has issued an apology after it was revealed that advice it published on getting off Ben Nevis could have endangered climbers.

The February edition of Trail has a guide on how to get off the peak in foul weather.

But it left out an important line of instructions and anyone following the advice would walk into extreme danger.

The editor said he was "gutted" about the error and a correction will be printed in the next issue.

A correction will be printed in the next issue
Guy Proctor
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland spotted the error and issued a warning on its website.

It said: "The descent bearings provided on page 105 of Trail February 2004 is WRONG - it would take you over the north face."

The website also provided the correct bearings along with advice to climbers to always carry a map and compass.

An apology has been issued for the omission of part of the bearings by the magazine, but Trail editor Guy Proctor said suggestions that the error would lead to fatalities were alarmist.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "I'm gutted about this to be honest.

"A correction will be printed in the next issue."

Trail magazine, which is published in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was involved in controversy at the end of last year.

In advice printed in its December edition, it suggested that three Scottish routes would be snow-free even in the depths of winter.

The British Mountaineering Council was one of a number of organisations which wrote to the magazine, complaining that the article was factually inaccurate and could put inexperienced walkers at risk.

Spokesman Rodger Wild said: "A lot of articles carry basic information for walkers, which is good, but as soon as the information becomes specific as in this case where a bearing was provided, it is absolutely essential that the bearing given is accurate."

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