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Snowdon's dangerous beauty
Bwlch Glas area on Snowdon
There has been more than one fatality in the Bwlch Glas area
The area where the body of Manchester's chief constable Michael Todd was discovered is near one of the paths just 10 minutes from the summit of Snowdon.

It was in the Bwlch Glas area - on a section of the well-known Pyg track, which meets the Llanberis Path and Snowdon Railway track on the way up the 3,560ft (1,085m) peak.

The Bwlch (or gap) itself is 3,257ft (993m) above sea level, and is visited annually by thousands of walkers keen to experience the thrill of reaching the top of the highest summit in England and Wales.

On a clear day from the summit, walkers are rewarded with views of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Lake District.

There are also 18 lakes and 14 peaks over 3,000ft (914m).

Bwlch Glas is at the "hardest part of the climb" up the mountain according to the Snowdonia National Park Authority website.

Michael Todd
Michael Todd's body was found on the mountainside

Mountain rescue teams constantly warn walkers and climbers to the area of the perils of being caught out by conditions on the mountains in Snowdonia.

Dozens of people have to be rescued by the local rescue teams each year after venturing out sometimes with inappropriate clothing and equipment.

The Snowdonia National Park website adds: "Please treat this part of the climb (Bwlch Glas) with respect. Keep strictly to the path.

"In winter, snow and ice make the slope particularly dangerous.

"There are fatal accidents here almost every year, and in such conditions, this part of the climb is best left to experienced walkers with proper equipment."

In March 2006 experienced walker Donal McGrath, 61, from Butlerstown, County Waterford, was one of the victims the mountain claimed.

He died after falling 700ft whilst walking on the Pyg track.

Just days after Mr McGrath's death, a 44-year-old man fell hundreds of feet at almost the same spot breaking his arm and leg.

Rescue teams with hundreds of hours of climbing experience between them brought the body of Mr Todd down to ground level in gale force winds, poor visibility and ice.



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