...I was driving past Sligachan heading for the waterfalls when I noticed a large gathering at the Mountain Rescue hut, I kept driving to the lay-by and set up my tripod camera a longest lens, still a long way from the mountain for people watching.
I could hear the noise of a helicopter but couldn't see it even through my field glasses, eventually it appeared around the edge of Sgurr nan Gillean,and I could see the pinprick sized figure on the hill, in V1
The chopper soon had a man on the ground with the climbers, in V2.
A rope is attached to the two climbers and they're lowered down to safer ground by the crewman. V3 & V4.
The chopper returns to pick up crewman after the climbers are on safe ground. V5.
In the last shot a pano of the mountain the climbers were approaching, you can see how far they managed before rescue was needed. V6.
I don't know if this was a real rescue or an exercise, I feel that it was real with the amount of people on site, but they may have had further rescues set up for the day.
It looked to me from the ground that the snow they had just started walking on was a sheet of ice after the sun had been shining on it.
***all images cropped from 100% image blow ups
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D MkIII |
|Lens:||Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|