The walker cracked his knee in a slip while coming down the Devil's Kitchen. Photo: Dudley Smith CC-BY-SA-2.0

The walker cracked his knee in a slip while coming down the Devil's Kitchen. Photo: Dudley Smith CC-BY-SA-2.0

A busy weekend for a Snowdonia mountain rescue team was capped by two rescues, of an injured walker and a man stuck on a scrambling route.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation had already been called away from a planned evening listening to top climber Leo Houlding to deal with two callouts on Saturday.

Team members were in action again on Sunday to deal with a man who suffered a knee injury on the Glyderau.

Spokesperson Chris Lloyd said: “Members of a local mountain walking club were descending from the Devil’s Kitchen area at the back of Cwm Idwal, when one of their party, a man in his 60s, slipped and knocked his knee.

“He had suffered a similar incident earlier in the day while walking the tops of the Glyderau range.

“However, this time his knee cap cracked into two pieces. This very unfortunate and debilitating injury prevented further progress downhill.”

Rescuers were called out at 3.30pm and the walker was stretchered to an ambulance at the Idwal Visitor Centre.

Mr Lloyd said: “The MRT members were assisted with the carry by members of the group and two passing climbers.

“This was a very unlucky incident which happened on the greasy rocks of a very good footpath.”

The Ogwen Valley team was called out again on Monday to help a man tackling a scramble.

Mr Lloyd said the south Wales man, in his later 30s, set off from the Conwy valley to Cwm Eigiau and the cliffs of Craig yr Ysfa on the eastern side of Carnedd Llewelyn.

“He started up one of the scrambles of Snowdonia, Amphitheatre Gully,” Mr Lloyd said. “However, after about 30m up this scramble of more than 250m, he became cragfast. Being alone, he felt that he had no option but to dial 999 and ask for mountain rescue.

“As this crag is nearly 300m high and reasonably remote to access, the OVMRO team leader requested helicopter support.

“Not only would this save manpower and speed up the operation to rescue the casualty, it saved the operation being carried out at dusk and ending in darkness.

“The Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley with two RAF MRT troops flew to the incident.

“The two troops were deployed and a further four OVMRO troops were ferried up to the crag. Making their way down the steep and loose Amphitheatre, they were able to get a rope to the man and bring him to relative safety.

“From there he was happy to descend and return to his car. Meanwhile, the six troops were later recovered by the helicopter and returned to their bases at Ogwen and RAF Valley.”

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