Tryfan, in the Ogwen ValleyA climber is in hospital after a six-hour rescue operation in Snowdonia.

Tryfan, in the Ogwen Valley

The 17-year-old, from Worcestershire, was stretchered off Tryfan by members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team, who took him to a waiting helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey. The aircraft was unable to reach the injured man directly because of strong winds and low cloud.

Twenty-five rescuers went to the aid of the stricken mountaineer, who was with three others on the North Ridge, a grade-one scrambling route. He was carried down about 300m (1,000ft) down the 914m (3,000ft) mountain by the team, suffering from back and head injuries.

The alarm was first raised at 10am yesterday.