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Last Updated: Monday, 9 January 2006, 19:33 GMT
Rucksack found in walker search
Gary Davison (inset); Snowdon search
Helicopters have been involved in the search for Gary Davison (inset)
A rucksack has been found in an area of Snowdon which has seen a major search for a missing hill walker.

Up to 70 people, dogs and helicopters were involved in looking for Gary Davison, 44, from Berkshire, whose parked car was found last Thursday.

Nothing linking the rucksack to Mr Davison was found inside it and it will now be sent for DNA testing to see if it belongs to him.

The search was called off at the weekend after all areas were checked.

A rescue team brought the rucksack down from Cwm Glas at the bottom of Sinister Gully on the mountain on Monday afternoon

Two of the missing man's rucksacks have already been found - one at his house in Slough and one on the mountain.

Rescuers said the search would resume if new information became available.

More than 50 people took part in the search on Saturday for Mr Davison, a draughtsman, who was last seen walking on his own towards either the Pyg Track or Miners' Track, which both lead up Snowdon.

The alarm was raised on Thursday after friends found his car in Pen-y-Pass.

Co-ordinators estimate that 1,600 hours have been put into the search.

Conditions on Saturday were described as ideal, with unrestricted visibility, and there were hundreds of walkers and climbers on the mountain in addition to the rescue team.

Ian Henderson
Concerned: Ian Henderson of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

The weather has been very cold during the week, however, with temperatures below freezing and snow and ice on rocks and paths.

Search co-ordinator Ian Henderson, of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said on Saturday: "Obviously as time passes we haven't found any sign of him.

"If he is on the mountain then his condition is increasing in seriousness as time goes on."

Last year there were 86 mountain rescue incidents on Snowdon, up 14 on the previous year.

The "steady increase" in incidents corresponds with an increase in the number of people visiting the area.

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