STOP PRESS – The Saddest Close

We have to close this issue with the saddest possible news for the start of winter. On Monday, 21 November, 2006 two climbers, GRAEME COOPER and RICHARD HARDY lost their lives in atrocious conditions on their return from climbing in Coire an t-Sneachda on Cairngorm. It is heart wrenching to know these two popular and fit young men lost their lives in a pursuit of a sport they clearly loved. Both were within 20 minutes of the safety of the car park. Let there be no more a severe warning to us all of the dangers of taking risks with the winter weather in the Scottish hills and mountains.


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