My 28-year-old daughter, Dr Katharine Herd, was on a winter mountaincraft course in Wester Ross a month ago. She wished to improve her skills for mountain rescue work. She was experienced, well equipped, in a party of three led by a fully qualified mountain guide. A route facing the prevailing wind was selected and the snow was tested for stability. The four had climbed a snow gully on Liathach, near Torridon, when a wind-slab avalanche swept the climbers back down the gully. And Kathy died.
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