Dr Martin Coleman's inquest told of Snowdonia avalanche

Y Garn, Snowdonia
Image caption The accident happened on Y Garn, in the Glyder range, in December

An experienced mountaineer was swept to his death in an avalanche in Snowdonia, an inquest heard.

Dr Martin Coleman, 36, of Bodfari, Denbighshire, stepped on a cornice which gave way beneath him on Y Garn in blizzard conditions.

The inquest at Caernarfon heard how a young woman also fell through the snow into a gully but was saved by her ice axe in the incident last December.

Neuroscientist Dr Coleman's death was recorded as accidental.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones said Dr Coleman was a very experienced mountaineer and well-equipped but he slid a considerable distance and struck his head causing his instant death.

A member of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team said a mountain guide who was also on the peak in the Glyder range should be commended for taking a "calculated risk" in descending the terrain to reach the doctor.

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