The man died after falling on Ben Nevis's North Face. Photo: Graham Lewis CC-BY-2.0

The man died after falling on Ben Nevis's North Face. Photo: Graham Lewis [CC-2.0]

A climber has died after falling on Britain’s highest mountain.

The man fell about 50m (165ft) from Raeburn’s Buttress on the North Face of Ben Nevis on Monday.

Police were alerted about 12.30pm and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was called out to the incident.

Sea King search and rescue helicopters from RAF Lossiemouth and HMS Gannet flew to the scene.

Police said the man was climbing a route with another man.

A Northern Constabulary spokesperson said: “During the rescue operation the man sadly died.

“Police are now carrying out inquiries into the incident and there is no further information at this time.”

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal. Police said the climber will not be identified until all of his next of kin have been informed.

Raeburn’s Buttress is a grade IV winter climb.

In January, Ben St Joseph, 22, of Essex, died after falling from Tower Ridge into Tower Gully on the North Face of the 1,344 m (4,409ft) mountain.

Monday’s fatality brings to 11 the number of walkers and climbers who have died in the Scottish mountain this year.

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