A 19 year old media studies graduate caused a full scale mountain-rescue search after texting a friend to inform her that he had 'got into trouble on Ben Nevis'.
The drama unfolded after 19 year old Stuart Plonker ordered a skinny latte and flapjack at the basecamp branch of Costa Coffee before realising that he had left his wallet in the bar of the nearby Premier Inn.
Senior search and rescue officer Jock McCleish was severely critical of Mr Plonker's actions, claiming that two out of every three alerts were caused by poor planning and preparation on the part of climbers.
"His irresponsible actions put the lives of others at risk when there was no need for it. We are having to deal with more and more cases of climbers setting out without the essentials. I urge all expedition members to ensure that they carry food supplies which provide their five a day, as well a bottle of branded mineral water for sipping during those smug photo opportunities. It goes without saying that mobile phones should be fully charged to enable tweeting following an avalanche."
Mountain rescuers bemoan 'Costa climbing' generation
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