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Snowdon warning as climber named
Donal McGrath
Donal McGrath was a very experienced climber
An experienced mountaineer killed on Snowdon has been named, as rescuers warned of dangerous conditions.

Donal McGrath, 63, of Waterford, Irish Republic, was killed on Friday in a fall of almost 700 ft (213m) while walking with a group on the Pyg Track.

A 44-year-old man fell hundreds of feet at almost the same spot on Saturday, breaking an arm and leg.

Gwyn Roberts, of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said it was a recognised route, but treacherous.

Nearly 50 rescuers were out until early on Saturday after Mr McGrath's fall from Bwlch Glas, but could not retrieve his body because of bad weather.

In another incident on Saturday a helicopter was called out when a woman fell at Drws-y-Coed.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley was scrambled to help her after she fell more than 50ft (15m) while climbing.

Climbers were urged not to head for the summit of Snowdon unless they were experienced and properly equipped.

Gwyn Roberts, of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said the weather at lower levels might be sunny with blue skies, but near the summit Snowdon was "another world," deceptive and dangerous.

Mr McGrath was said to have been well equipped for the climb as part of a group of 15. But wind, snow and ice meant rescuers decided to delay recovering the body until Saturday morning.

At 3,560ft (1,085m) Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. The Llanberis rescuers also believe that it is probably the busiest in Britain.


SEE ALSO:
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21 Feb 06 |  North West Wales
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