The man faced a night on Snowdon in winter conditions. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man faced a night on Snowdon in winter conditions. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

Mountain rescuers warned hillgoers of the limitations of traction spikes in full winter conditions after they had to rescue a man sharing a pair with his friend.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday to aid a man attempting to come down from Snowdon who had been halted by cramp.

The 36-year-old was on the mountain with a friend.

A team spokesperson said: “A notable factor in this incident was that they were sharing a pair of ‘Microspike’-style crampons to aid their ascent.

“Microspike-style traction spikes can be very useful in some conditions but it is important to understand the limitations of their use. They are generally unsuitable for full winter conditions in the mountains and are always better worn as a pair.”

The Llanberis team was also called out after an 11-year-old boy slipped and broke his ankle on Snowdon.

The spokesperson said: “He was a part of a well organised group from a local outdoor centre who dealt with the incident very well.”

Four team members made their way to the site and a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey also flew to the scene and airlifted both casualties from the mountain.

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