The group, consisting of a man and five women, were players and coaches from a rugby club in the south-east of England. Attempting the Welsh 3-peaks challenge, the party had left Kent on Friday evening, and had commenced the climb of Snowdon at 5 a.m. and Cader Idris at 2:30 p.m.
Having reached the summit of Cader Idris, a combination of poor weather, encroaching darkness and navigational errors took the group away from the intended route and on to the steep crags above Cwm Cau. While some of the group tried to find a way down, others called for mountain rescue assistance.
Using smart-phone technology, call-handlers were able to pinpoint their location amongst the crags and the group was directed to retrace their steps up the steep ground to the plateau above, then move to intercept a fence line which would mark the safer way down from Mynydd Moel. A small party of Team volunteers was dispatched up the hill to provide extra lighting and assistance as the group made their way off the mountain. Tired after around 20 hours on the go, the walkers were otherwise unharmed, and everyone was safely off the hill by 3:30 a.m.