Rachel Slater and Tim Newton

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton

Rescuers are again heading out on to Britain’s highest mountain in an attempt to find two climbers missing for 10 days.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team will be joined by members of RAF Valley MRT from Anglesey in the search for Rachel Slater and Tim Newton on Ben Nevis.

The Lochaber team repeated its appeal to climbers to post any information they have about routes they have undertaken so these can be eliminated from the search. The also said members of the public should let them know if they come across any gear on the mountain.

A rope was found on the Slab Climb of South Trident Buttress earlier this week, but it became clear the gear had been there for some time and predated Ms Slater’s and Mr Newton’s time on the mountain.

A Lochaber MRT spokesperson said: “Again we would appeal to climbers to post information of the routes they have completed so that we can record.

“If you can also report any of gear on routes such as the sightings like the rope seen on Slab Climb. Keep your eyes open as there may be small clues which could be important.

“We are grateful for all the messages of support and help received so far. Keep it up and help us get a result soon.”

Information can be left on the Lochaber MRT Facebook page.

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton of Bradford, West Yorkshire, have not been seen since 14 February. The couple, both experienced climbers, were in the area celebrating Valentine’s Day and camped in a green tent directly behind the CIC Hut under Ben Nevis’s North Face. The alarm was raised when Ms Slater failed to return to work on Monday.

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