A mountain rescue team leader has praised two climbers and their actions after finding themselves caught out by a sudden change and deterioration in weather conditions.
The climbers, a pair of students from Liverpool, had completed their climb in the Cairngorms on Wednesday when they were hit by the change in weather during their way down the mountain range.
The pair took shelter in their bivvy bags after the winds strengthened.
Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, who assisted and led the climbers to safety commented that the pair were “extremely well equipped”.
The conditions were so bad that a coastguard helicopter had to be called off from the search and rescue whilst assisting in the rescue.
Willie Anderson, Cairngorm MRT team leader said that “These young women did incredibly well in appalling conditions.
“They made some very sensible mountaineering decisions and were extremely well equipped not least with a bivvy shelter. These lightweight emergency shelters are a real lifesaver.”
He added that “The team did a magnificent job finding them.
“Conditions were so bad that we couldn’t see them even when we were less than a 100 ft away. At one point it was looking touch and go if we’d find them so a great result.”
A total of thirty mountain team members were involved in the rescue operation.