An English teacher died on a Welsh mountain after telling a friend how much she was ‘loving’ the climb up the 3,261ft peak, an inquest heard.
Samantha Orton, 55, died after falling and sustaining a fatal leg injury while leading a climb in Snowdonia.
On Friday, an inquest into her death at Ruthin County Hall heard she was on the Chasm Route on Glyder Fach in the Ogwen Valley when she fell around three metres.
Hannah Carrington, a friend, was with her on the climb on June 2 – 85 miles from Mrs Orton’s home in Manchester.
Ms Carrington heard her friend let out a “loud terrified scream” followed by a “agonising cry as if she was in pain.”
Ms Carrington couldn’t see what happened because Mrs Orton was leading the climb.
At around 2 p.m., nearby climbers noticed the teacher, who appeared to be unconscious, on a ledge.
The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, the Welsh Ambulance Service, and the Coastguard were all dispatched to the scene.
According to the Manchester Evening News, an Air Ambulance and Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon airlifted her from the mountain.
She died shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the mountain rescue base in Capel Curig.
The pair were experienced climbers who had carefully planned the route and were wearing appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets and harnesses, according to the inquest.
Mrs Orton died from ‘cardiovascular shock from blood loss due to a leg injury as a result of a fall from height,’ according to a post-mortem examination conducted by consultant pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson.
Mrs Orton’s father stated at the Ruthin hearing that “she died doing what she loved.”
Senior coroner John Gittins concluded that the death was accidental, saying, ‘This was an accident, pure and simple.’ There is no evidence in front of me that this is anything more than a tragic accident.’
He stated that ‘none of us know what lies ahead,’ but that his job allows him to see people ‘living their dreams,’ and that’she died doing what she loved in a place she was very fond of.’
Mrs Orton spent 27 years as an English teacher, “working with people from all over the world, many of whom had come here as refugees and were struggling to make a new life in the UK.”
Her friends raised over £5,000 for the charities Right to Remain and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Service.