At around 3:50 p.m. on Sat 31st Dec, call handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a two walkers stuck in the summit hut on Cader Idris.
In poor conditions, and with inadequate equipment, the pair, a man and woman from from Birmingham, had become soaked, cold and disorientated having reached the summit. Fortunately, other walkers intending to see in the new year at the summit hut were able to offer warm and dry clothing to the pair and keep them in good spirits as they awaited rescue.
Working in conditions of wind, rain and poor visibility, a total of 14 rescue volunteers put their celebration plans on hold to attend the rescue. On reaching the hut, Rescuers provided food and warm drinks before putting the walkers into more suitable clothing and then walking them down off the mountain. Everyone was off the hill shortly after 8:00 p.m.
Team volunteer Graham O'Hanlon was present at the rescue. "It is always great to see people enjoying the outdoors, but it is really important to take the mountain environment seriously, particularly in winter. The weather was pretty much as forecast, so to head out into those conditions without the equipment or navigational skills to cope is to invite misfortune. Without the helpful intervention of the other walkers in the hut, the situation for these walkers could have been much more serious by the time rescuers arrived."