Coire an t-Sneachda. Photo: William M Connolley CC-BY-SA-3.0

Coire an t-Sneachda. Photo: William M Connolley CC-BY-SA-3.0

A mountaineer has died after a fall in the Cairngorms.

The man fell from Fingers Ridge in Coire an t-Sneachda on Cairn Gorm yesterday.

Police were alerted about 10.30am and a rescue operation involving Cairngorm and Glenmore Lodge Mountain Rescue Teams was mounted.

A Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth joined the operation.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “He was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in a critical condition but he sadly succumbed to his injuries and was confirmed to have died on arrival at the hospital.

“Police are in the process of contacting next-of-kin and no further details will be made available until formal identification has taken place.”

Fingers Ridge is a grade IV winter climb and also a grade 4 rock climb in the corrie on the north face of the 1,245m (4,085ft) Cairn Gorm.

Early snowfall enabled the nearby CairnGorm Mountain ski resort to open for the first time this season over the weekend, with snow above 700m.

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