The walker walked uninjured from Coire Cas after the avalanche. Photo: Brendan Howard CC-BY-SA-2.0

The walker walked uninjured from Coire Cas after the avalanche. Photo: Brendan Howard CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was able to walk off a mountain uninjured after an avalanche.

Police were alerted about 2.45pm yesterday after the hillwalker was reported missing in the Coire Cas area of Cairn Gorm.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth joined Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team in the search for the 47-year-old man.

The walker was found by rescuers and was able to walk off the mountain.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “It was established that an avalanche had occurred in the area.

“Police Scotland advise all persons intending on visiting the area to check weather and avalanche warning and information forecasts.”

The avalanche risk for the north-western aspects of the 1,244m (ft) mountain for Saturday was considerable. The sportscotland Avalanche Information Service said its observers had recorded a covering of new snow above 850m, with weaknesses windslab at 1,080m.

It added yesterday: “A human-triggered avalanche occurred on a north aspect at 1,080m.”

The service said avalanche risk for aspects on the mountain from north to west will remain considerable, meaning natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered avalanches are likely.

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