Aonach Eagach. Photo: Iain Gillespie

Aonach Eagach. Photo: Iain Gillespie

A man has died while tackling a Highlands ridge, just a month after a man perished at the same site in Glencoe.

The 70-year-old walker fell while descending Clachaig Gully on the Aonach Eagach last week. David Candlish, of Mid Brae, Dunfermline, Fife, died on the same route in June.

The latest death on the notoriously risky section has prompted calls from some mountaineers for signs to be put up to warn walkers and climbers that the gully is not a safe descent route.

Sgt David Campbell of the Northern Constabulary confirmed to grough that a man had died on the route. He said: “An experienced walker was reported overdue at 10.45pm last Wednesday and a search was started. Unfortunately his remains were recovered about 5.30am on 16 July by Rescue 177 [the Sea King helicopter crew] from RAF Kinloss.

“He was walking alone. He appears to have lost his footing and received fatal injuries.”

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, led by John Grieve, took part in the search for the missing man.

The ridge, running for 6km (3¾ miles) along the north side of Glencoe, is considered one of Scotland’s classic challenge scrambles. There are several exposed sections with difficult pinnacles to cross, particularly around the Chancellor. It is rated grade three, mainly due to the exposure encountered.

Suggestions on the UKClimbing forums include a sign in the bar of the Clachaig Inn, or at the Am Bodach car park.

Guide books warn walkers not to attempt the descent from the 967m (3,173ft) Sgorr nam Fiannaidh via the gully, which rises directly above the Clachaig Inn. The advice is to walk south from the Sgorr, or continue on to the Pap of Glencoe for a safer route off the ridge.

William Poucher’s guidebook the Scottish Peaks, first published in 1965, has a photograph of a sign which says: “Do NOT attempt to descend from the Aonach Eagach ridge until you reach the last peak Sgor nam Fiannaidh.”

Sgt Campbell said: “A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal, as is normal in all these incidents.” The name of the walker has not been released.

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