North West Wales

Four walkers stuck on Idwal Slabs in Snowdonia rescued

Four men trapped on a Snowdonia rock face in poor weather have been rescued after a six-hour late-night operation.

The walkers in their 20s lost their way in thick cloud in the Glyder range near Bethesda, Gwynedd.

They were lowered to safety by members of the Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team in an operation which ended just before midnight on Saturday.

The men, from Dorset and Wiltshire, had become stuck on the Idwal Slabs, a popular rock climbing area.

They had been walking on Tryfan and Glyder Fach when they ran into problems after failing to locate a footpath.

Rescuers said they had managed to descend the first 100ft (30m) on Idwal Slabs but became stuck. Ropes were used to lower them 300ft (91m) to safety.

An Ogwen Valley team spokesman said: "They were suitably equipped for a walk on the mountains but not for halfway down a rock climb.

"They were very lucky - they could have fallen 300ft down the Idwal Slabs.

"The party were most relieved to have been rescued."

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