THE website for Fort William's annual Mountain Festival says mountains "inspire us all in different ways" – but what can't be forgotten is that climbing the same mountains can come with a high degree of risk.
THE website for Fort William's annual Mountain Festival says mountains \"inspire us all in different ways\" – but what can't be forgotten is that climbing the same mountains can come with a high degree of risk.
Andy Nelson, deputy leader of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, says climbers in the Alps rarely go out in conditions like we experience in Scotland Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
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Scotland’s mountains have been in the news in recent weeks due to a series of fatal avalanches and accidents, but the great outdoors continue to exert a widespread fascination, as Fort William’s Mountain Festival shows. By Russell Leadbetter
Nine people have died in Scotland's mountains this year, including three climbers who were killed in an avalanche in the Cairngorms a few days ago. Four people died in an avalanche in Glencoe in late January.
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