Carn Dearg Buttress. Photo: Jim Barton CC-BY-SA-2.0

Carn Dearg Buttress. Photo: Jim Barton CC-BY-SA-2.0

A climber has died after falling from a route on Ben Nevis.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was called out today after reports of the incident on the Carn Dearg Buttress.

A Royal Navy Sea King search and rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire flew rescue team members to the site above the CIC Hut in the shadow of the mountain’s North Face to where the climber had fallen about 11am into the route of The Curtain after falling from The Ledge route, which passes above it.

He was climbing with a fellow Glaswegian when the incident happened.

A Lochaber MRT spokesperson said: “This is the team’s third fatality this year and always leaves an air of sadness within the team no matter how many you are involved in.

“Our thoughts are as always with family and friends at this time.”

The Ledge is a grade II winter climbing route and a grade 2 rock-climbing route.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Details of the 57-year-old male will not be released until such time as his next of kin have been informed.”

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