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'Bum slide' warning to hillwalkers tackling Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
Image caption Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were called out to rescue two people who slipped and fell on Ben Nevis

Hillwalkers have been advised against sliding down long patches of snow to quicken their descents of Ben Nevis.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team's warning follows its rescue of two people who said they slipped and slid down snow on the peak's Red Burn at the weekend.

The team said the pair's hands looked as if they had been "through a mince grinder" after using them to slow down.

The team said: "Don't be tempted to bum slide down the Red Burn as it is a very hard landing at bottom."

"Stick to path," the rescuers added in a post on their Facebook page.

Lochaber MRT said the pair were not equipped to deal with a slide, or fall, on the large amounts of snow that remains on Ben Nevis.

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Image caption Blizzards and freezing temperatures returned to Ben Nevis earlier this month

In the post, the team said: "Not having ice axes meant that they were trying to stop their slides with their hands which looked as if they had been through a mince grinder.

"Both suffered head injuries and multiple lacerations to hands, heads and other exposed parts of body. Both think that they had been knocked out at some point."

It added: "A wee warning to walkers going up Ben Nevis, still lots of snow and when descending don't be tempted to bum slide down the Red Burn as it is a very hard landing at bottom - stick to path."

A Coastguard helicopter from Inverness assisted in the rescue.

Last week, Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service forecasters reported that blizzards and freezing temperatures had returned to Ben Nevis and other mountains.

The forecaster said the weather was more like what they would expect to see in January than May.

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