Rachel Slater and Tim Newton were buried in Glen Nevis

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton were buried in Glen Nevis

Two climbers whose bodies were found on Britain’s highest peak have been buried together close to the mountain.

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton were laid to rest in Glen Nevis on Wednesday.

The couple’s bodies were found at the base of Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis on 23 March, more than a month after they went missing after heading out for a Valentine’s Day climbing trip.

The experienced climbers, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, were buried in avalanche debris on the North Face of the 1,345m (4,413ft) mountain.

Repeated searches by several mountain rescue teams had failed to find Ms Slater, 24, and her partner, 27-year-old Mr Newton, until a thaw led to a climber discovering their location. They were not roped together and rescuers said they believed they had been avalanched in the gully before they even began their climb.

Members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, which led the search operation, acted as pallbearers at the funeral, which followed a service at Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church.

A team spokesperson said: “The team were honoured to be asked by the families to act as pallbearers.

“Two pipers from the team also played the lament which provided an emotional farewell. RIP Tim and Rachel.”

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