Lucky escape for ice climber after 100ft fall in Snowdonia

Wales Air Forum

RAF ValleyAN ICE climber fell 100ft down a frozen cliff – but miraculously only suffered a twisted ankle.

The man in his 40s was climbing at Parsley Fern Gully, Cwm Glas, Snowdonia, in sub-zero temperatures when he plummeted down the slope at lunchtime today.

He fell around 100ft before a ledge halted his descent – saving him from falling another 100ft.

The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team(MRT) and 22 Squadron search and rescue team were alerted and went to the scene at around 12.30pm.

Two members of the mountain team were already climbing close to the incident and were quickly able to locate and secure the climber.

Three more team members were then winched down on to the cliff by the 22 Squadron helicopter.

They reached the climber and he was then airlifted from the scene to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

A spokesman for the RAF unit said he had suffered a…

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