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Rescue organisation warns against Pulpit Rock walks. Western Norway’s Preikestolen is famous when it comes to tourists and marketing tourism abroad. Norwegian People’s Aid says conditions are far too dangerous at the moment for people to attempt the trip. “It’s ice all the way up from the car park,” national NPA advisor Espen Brekke tells The Foreigner. “There are parts where you can walk in the snow to the side but one bit particularly bad.” His warning comes following Sunday’s Air Force rescue where two walkers, one of them injured in the foot, had to be pulled up into the Sea King helicopter with a winch as it could not land there.

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Rescue organisation warns against Pulpit Rock walks

Published on Tuesday, 12th March, 2013 at 10:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 12th March 2013 at 19:58.

Western Norway’s Preikestolen is famous when it comes to tourists and marketing tourism abroad. Norwegian People’s Aid says conditions are far too dangerous at the moment for people to attempt the trip.

Pulpit Rock conditions (March 2013)
Pulpit Rock conditions (March 2013)
Photo: With kind permission of Espen Brekke


“It’s ice all the way up from the car park,” national NPA advisor Espen Brekke tells The Foreigner. “There are parts where you can walk in the snow to the side but one bit particularly bad.”

His warning comes following Sunday’s Air Force rescue where two walkers, one of them injured in the foot, had to be pulled up into the Sea King helicopter with a winch as it could not land there.

Though NPA was called out to assist, Mr Brekke did not participate in the operation as the aircraft arrived before they got there.

“We don’t normally advise people against walking up Pulpit Rock as we think everyone should be able to go. However, you should only attempt the trip now if you have special ice-climbing equipment, with crampons underneath your boots,” he explains.

“I wouldn’t dare to go there without these at the moment as it could be fatal if you slip and fall.”

According to him, tourists now come to see Pulpit Rock all year round now, which presents NPA with a particular challenge.

“People don’t take snow or daylight conditions into account. It currently gets dark at about 4pm. Last year, we had to go up with torches to show some stranded walkers down again. One foreign woman also nearly froze to death that month because of inadequate clothing,” says Mr Brekke.

About Sunday’s 330 Squadron rescue, JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) Southern Norway mission coordinator Cecilie Oversveen states, “it was very slippery and dark.”

“Conditions, though ok, were also quite windy and it was starting to get cold. We brought them back to base at Stavanger Sola Airport, where health service personnel took over and transported them to hospital. They are ok, as far as I know,” she concludes.

Stavanger University Hospital spokesperson Miriam Klingenberg confirms the man is slightly injured.



Published on Tuesday, 12th March, 2013 at 10:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 12th March 2013 at 19:58.

This post has the following tags: pulpitrock, preikestolen, norway, stavanger, lysefjord.





  
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