Pen yr Ole Wen, scene of Mr Barbers death. Photo: Neil Cowburn CC-BY-2.0

Pen yr Ole Wen, scene of Mr Barber's death. Photo: Neil Cowburn [CC-2.0]

An inquest was opened today on a walker who fell to his death from a Snowdonia mountain last week.

Derren Barber of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, died after falling on Pen yr Ole Wen in the Ogwen Valley. The 39-year-old was on the mountain with a companion who raised the alarm.

Mr Barber was airlifted to hospital by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley but pronounced dead.

His poignant final entry on his Facebook wall, written on the day he died, reads: “To the mountains we will go! Yaaaaaay.”

His friend Mitchel Westwood wrote: “What an amazing human being; if more were like him we would have a much more pleasant place to live.”

The Caernarfon inquest was adjourned to a date yet to be set.

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