If you’ve been shocked by photos like this taken over the weekend you might well be thinking that the popular Snowdon scrambling route isn’t for you. This image was taken on Saturday 7th May 2022 by Ari Roberts and shows a queue of patient hikers standing atop the Crib Goch ridge heading up to the summit of Snowdon. For those not aware of this popular route, after you’ve scrambled your way up on to the ridge you then have to traverse the knife-edge arête with huge drops either side of you and little opportunity to ‘overtake’ slower walkers.
The media have jumped on the story too. North Wales newspaper, The Daily Post reported Picture shows huge queues forming along Snowdonia’s notorious Crib Goch ridge and Wales Online ran the same image proclaiming The huge queue on a notorious ridge in Snowdonia as visitors flock to see 1,000ft drop.
The emergencySMS service was originally developed to help deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people make emergency calls to 999. Instead of calling 999, an SMS text message is sent and then relayed through the Text Relay 18000 service. A relay assistant will speak the emergency SMS message to the 999 advisor and then send their reply back you.
Why I hear you ask is this of relevance to us in walking in the mountains? Well as you’ll know if you’ve spent time hiking in the hills around the UK, you very often have poor or even no mobile signal for long periods of time. This makes it difficult to call for help if an emergency arises. However an SMS text message can usually be sent with very little phone signal making the emergencySMS an essential service for anyone exploring the UKs mountains.
We hope that every day out in the mountains is a safe one but with hundreds of thousands of people climbing Snowdon each year and many millions more venturing out into the hills it’s inevitable that accidents will happen. Knowing how to deal with them can be the difference between life and death.