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On the afternoon on 29 Feb I fell hundreds of feet through a snow cornice close to the summit of Beinn Achaladair during the worst wind and snow conditions i've seen. Miraculously i landed relatively uninjured on a ledge and managed to climb back over a two hour slog as i knew i could not be found where i was. My crampons had again miraculously stayed on. By now dark and with a severely sprained ankle (my only injury!) i had to find a place to try to sit out the storm and the night. There was zero shelter and the tiny snow hole i dug provided little comfort. I estimate temperatures were at least -20 c with wind chill. My companion had alerted mountain rescue and managed to make his way down safely. whilst some light remained. I was certain conditions were too bad for a search operation to be launched and was preparing to fade away but today i owe my life to Scottish Mountain Rescue. One of their team found me and got my position back to the others; The foulness of the weather can be judged by the fact that my rescuer was initially alone because his search companion had had to turn back when his crampon "blew away" in the wind - too strong for the helicopter to search (this a brand new Sikorsky)
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