Text Message Saves Stranded British Climbers

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on September 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

The next time you’re going away to “unplug”, you may want to consider at least bringing your phone. It just might come in handy.

Because it certainly did for a couple of British climbers who were scaling Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, and became stranded when a storm blew in (I am guessing there’s a good reason it’s called White Mountain). They first attempted to call the rescue squad, but when they were unable to, so they text messaged a friend back home in Shrewsbury, 800 miles away. The friend alerted the local rescue team and relayed back to the climbers that they would have to spend the night before a rescue could be attempted, mainly because mountain rescue team had to wait for the weather to clear. Finn McCann and Tom Greenwood spent the night huddled up their sleeping bags on a narrow ledge. Finn said,

I’m grateful we were rescued but the forecast was wrong. No storm was predicted…By about 5am we were really getting scared. It was freezing and the wind was howling. The ledge we were on was narrow and looked over a long drop. We talked to keep our spirits up. Around dawn the helicopter came but couldn’t reach us. We are just relieved to be down in one piece.
Mountain rescue saw it a bit differently though, stating that there were storms forecasted. To listen to an interview with Finn McCann, click here.

[Image: katclay / Flickr]

Tags: Mont Blanc, mountain climbing, rescue

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