The couple were trying to reach Bristly Ridge. Photo: Chris McAuley CC-BY-SA-2.0

The couple were trying to reach Bristly Ridge. Photo: Chris McAuley CC-BY-SA-2.0

A couple tackling an ascent in Snowdonia had to be winched from the mountain after getting stuck on difficult ground.

The pair, in their early 30s and from the South-East of England, called for help from Glyder Fach close to Bristly Ridge.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was alerted by police about 3.10pm today after the couple made an emergency call.

Chris Lloyd of the rescue team said the couple were staying in north Wales for a hillwalking holiday.

He said: “They had successful climbed Tryfan and descended to Bwlch Tryfan. Following their guidebook, they ascended the scree footpath adjacent to Bristly Ridge before taking the gully as described on to the ridge itself.

“This gully proved to be a bit more serious than the description, so when they were no longer able to up and certainly not go down, they sought assistance.

“They made the 999 call and also blew their whistle. While team members were gathering at base, 22 Squadron flew in to winch the couple aboard. They were flown down to Oggi Base, so after a cup of tea and debrief for the incident report, they were able to walk across the road to their campsite.

“Route finding for a scramble is often more difficult than that of rock climbing, so getting into difficulty like this is easily done. It is important to know one’s limits and seek assistance before an accident happens.”

The Ogwen Valley team’s volunteers have been called out on six successive days this week.

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