A mountain rescuer has died after a climbing accident in Snowdonia.
John David Evans fell from a path on Clogwyn y Grochan yesterday evening after he was coming down off the mountain. Mr Evans, a member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation, was not on a rescue at the time.
A police spokesman said: “At 8.10pm yesterday evening, North Wales Police received a report of a male person having fallen from a pathway at Clogwyn y Grochan, Llanberis.
“He suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. Despite attempts they were unable to save his life.
“He was an experienced climber and was a part of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team. At the time of the incident he was returning off the mountain having completed a social climbing event with friends.
“North Wales Police are working closely with colleagues in the Mountain Rescue Team to establish the causes.”
Mr Evans lived in Capel Curig and leaves a partner, Lynne, who was with him when the accident happened, and a son David, 22, and daughter Rhiannon, 18. He had climbed the Nea route and was descending a gully when he fell. Fellow OVMRO members went to his aid and were joined by colleagues from the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.
Mr Evans was an accomplished and experienced climber, having spent time in Alaska as a mountain guide, and was an instructor in technical rescue rope work.
He joined the Ogwen Valley rescue team in 1973.
A statement from the OVMRO said: “John was a true professional in his fields, a real stalwart and the man to have with you when the going got tough on the mountains.
“Tributes to John are being sent from around the world. He will be missed by all those who knew him. It is a great tragedy that the man who did so much to assist those in trouble in the mountains for 36 years should lose his life at such an early age and on the mountains he loved.”