Four Climbers Die in Avalanche in ScotlandBy Rocky Thompson on January 22nd, 2013
A team of six experienced climbers were descending Bidean nam Bian in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday when an avalanche swept four of the group down the mountainside. They were killed in the 1000ft fall. A group of Royal Navy search and rescuers happened to be in the area at the time and sped to the sight of the accident but by then it had already turned into a body recovery operation. Avalanche danger was listed as a 3 on the Scottish scale that runs up to 5, which is called “considerable,” but that can refer to small areas of wind-loaded snow, and reports say the mountaineers had a lot of wintertime climbing experience in the region. Condolences to the family and friends, and remember to be safe when you’re out doing what you love.