Party of 6 Lost on Cader Idris
October 12, 2020
At around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday 10th October, call-handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a Group of 6 walkers lost on Cader Idris.The group was composed of two independent parties, one of which was attempting the Welsh 3 peaks to raise money for charity, and both were lost in the low cloud and rain on the summit plateau of Mynydd Moel. The groups joined forces to find a way off, but ended up coming down on the north rather than the south side of the mountain. Finding themselves on the edge of darkness, wet cold and tired, and having run off the edge of their map, they called for help.
Team volunteers moved up the hill to meet the group, provide extra lighting, and escort them down to the road-head. Everyone was safely back at vehicles shortly after 8:00 p.m.
Team Spokesperson Graham O’Hanlon attended the rescue. “So far as could be told from their narrative, the group descended the stream gully from Mynydd Moel directly to Llyn Arran, which would have been difficult, unstable and steep. I suspect they might not have attempted that route if they could have seen what they were getting into. With an unstable scree slope, and everyone feeling cold and tired, it could easily have become a much more serious incident.”
“People can enjoy the mountains in all manner of conditions, but in poor weather and low cloud it is very easy to become disorientated, and it makes those key map and compass skills all the more important in order to stay safe and get the most from the day.” said Graham