Missing Ben Nevis climbers: Inquiry due to resume – BBC News

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Image caption Mr Newton and Ms Slater were reported missing after failing to return from a climbing excursion on the UK’s highest mountain

Rescuers hope to resume the search for two experienced climbers missing on Ben Nevis, but the operation is still on hold until weather conditions improve.

Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, had been clambering over the weekend but were reported missing on Monday.

Attempts to locate the couple were suspended on Tuesday because of perilous weather conditions.

Conditions are said to have improved slightly, but fresh snow has descended on the mountain.

Ms Slater and Mr Newton, from Bradford in West Yorkshire, had been climbing over the weekend but were reported missing on Monday.

They were thought to have been camping near the Charles Inglis Clark memorial shack on the northern surface of the mountain.

‘Fresh snow’

John Stevenson of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team told BBC Scotland on Wednesday morning that the search enterprise was still “on hold” until weather conditions improved.

He said strong airs that smacked the province on Tuesday had subsided slightly, but situations were still “very blustery”.

Mr Stevenson added: “There has done a lot of fresh snow so the different regions we want to look at are still very unstable.

“We wouldn’t like to placed people in there until we get a bit of colonization in the snow conditions”.

Experienced climber Ms Slater is a grad of Manchester University and is utilized as an environmental consultant near Bradford.

In a blog post, she wrote: “I’ve been around rocks my whole life as my parents are very keen climbers – most of my childhood was spent scrambling around at the bottom of the cliff with the occasional easy top rope.”

Mr Newton, initially from Leicester, too was living in Bradford and contemplated physics at the universities of Manchester and Leeds, according to his Facebook profile.

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Image caption The couple are thought to have sloped their tent behind the Charles Inglis Clark( CIC) memorial shack on the north side of the mountain

Friends and fellow climbers have been posting letters on social media praising the search crews and voicing hope that the couple will find information safe.

One wrote on the UKClimbing forum: “Great, enthusiastic young climbers. Such good role models for the sport.

“I’ve seen them out and about in the past and follow their logbooks cos they clamber roadways I’d like to. I hope they are ascertained ok. I’m intersecting everything and thinking of them and the search teams.”

A statement on the Lochaber MRT Facebook page on Tuesday said: “After five hours of searching, it was decided that conditions were too dangerous to persist investigation which was focused on Coire na Ciste and South Trident Buttress area following a possible sighting of two parties fitting their description clambering in this field early Sunday afternoon.”

It contributed: “Two of the save squad people avalanched traversing below No 3 Gully Buttress.”

Anyone who was clambering or walking in the Ben Nevis area over the weekend and understand the couple has been urged to contact police on 101.

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