Lochaber MRT recover the body of missing walker – a sad task but one that lets the family grieve. Thank you Lochaber MRT.

Yesterday at 13.00 hrs, a team member of Lochaber MRT located the body of the climber who went missing in January this year. Our thoughts and sincerest condolences go out to his partner, family and friends.

The Team recovered the body from high in Observatory Gully with considerable difficulty. The location was high in Observatory Gully and involved lowers down large snow fields and very large loose boulder fields. This was a fantastic effort from the team members and the equipment.

While the recovery was ongoing we had another incident on Tower Ridge when two climbers became crag fast. Team members started to climb up to the casualties who were stuck at Tower Gap. R951 was tasked to assist with the Tower Ridge incident and managed to evacuate the two climbers. We are grateful for the helicopter support on one of the hottest days ever recorded in Lochaber.

This week we have had a spate of heat related incidents. If you are planning in going on the hills in this weather, please take plenty of fluids as temperatures over last few days have been touching 30 degs.

Footnote – I was asked by a Lochaber MRT member about this sad incident in 1983 the casualties were located roughly in the same time scale. This is never an easy task and my thoughts are with the Lochaber team. Thank you Lochaber and others for keeping looking, a great effort and it gives the family their chance to grieve.


4-9/01/83 Ben Nevis

North Gully

2 missing climbers in Coir na Ciste.  4 – day search in extremely wild conditions.  Both climbers were avalanched and their bodies found below No. 3 Buttress in the summer. Located July 10 th Huge search by several teams. Info from SMC Journal and RAF Kinloss MRT Archives.

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About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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