Mam Tor Trig Point-Gate – What Really Happened
If you saw the story and video – above – about the walker who spent an hour clinging to a trig point on top of Mam Tor in the Peak District because of high winds before calling mountain rescue and being helped to safety by a pair of passing walkers, you may have formed your own views on the incident and not necessarily charitable ones.
But what really happened? The walker and amateur photographer involved, Darren Ciolli-Leach contacted us to explain how the incident actually happened. ‘Contrary to most peoples opinion,’ he says. ‘I am a very experienced walker, spending most of my time in the outdoors both here and overseas’.
In a blog post about Trig Point-Gate – as we’ve now dubbed it – Darren describes how after leaving the car park at Mam Nick in apparently benign conditions ‘the wind suddenly came out of nowhere, almost as if someone had positioned a jet engine 10 yards away from me and put it on full thrust’.
He was blown clean off his feet and made the decision to shelter at the trig point until the wind had died down. To his surprise the wind speeds increased and was supplemented by driven hail that felt ‘like bullets’.