Into mid-air

Into mid-air: Thanks to several people who have e-mailed me the story about the UK magazine, Trail, that came close to seeing its readership fall off a cliff.

Quote (from the Reuters “oddly enough” story):

A hiking magazine apologized on Thursday after it published a route plan that would have sent walkers striding into thin air off the north face of Britain’s largest mountain, Ben Nevis.

The magazine, Trail, missed out a vital bearing needed to guide climbers off the summit of the Scottish mountain in bad weather.

Anyone who had followed the magazine’s directions would have plunged down a sheer cliff into nearby Gardyloo Gully.

Editor Guy Procter, himself a keen hillwalker, said that Trail published 200 routes every year and had never made a similar mistake before.

Maybe not, but now they have an excuse for any “drop-off” in renewals.