The man's body was found below the west face of Tryfan. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man's body was found below the west face of Tryfan. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers have found the body of a walker who went missing overnight on a Snowdonia mountain.

The experienced hillwalker from north Wales was reported overdue from a scramble on Tryfan shortly after 8pm on Sunday.

More than 40 rescuers from seven teams were involved in the search for the missing walker in testing conditions.

The man, in his mid-30s, left word he intended to ascend the North Ridge of the mountain on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Lloyd of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation said: “When he had not returned home by 8pm the 999 call was made.

“After some preplanning, the OVMRO team was called at about 8.30pm. Fourteen team members were involved in the search of the mountain in atrocious weather conditions.

“Strong winds, dense cloud and heavy rain made searching extremely difficult on this precipitous mountain. Without success, team members planned for a more intense search on Monday morning.

“As the Ogwen team members had been active late into the night and early morning, resources were called upon from all the MRTs in the region.”

On Monday morning the weather had improved slightly and a search party of more than 40 people from RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Service, Ogwen, Llanberis, Aberglaslyn, South Snowdonia, Aberdyfi and North East Wales Search and Rescue teams renewed the search.

A trailing dog from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association identified that the man had left his van and headed for the North Ridge. The Coastguard helicopter based at Caernarfon was made available but the initial low cloud and the eventual location of the missing man meant the aircraft was not used.

Members of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service found the man's body. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Members of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service found the man's body. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Mr Lloyd said: “By mid-morning, members of the RAF MRS discovered the casualty in Brant Gully, just below the notorious West Face of Tryfan.

“Sadly, his injuries were not compatible with life. A team was deployed with rescue equipment. The casualty was placed on a stretcher and the stretcher was lowered and carried down the steep, loose and wet Brant Gully to the A5 road for handover.

“This was a sad outcome to the multi-team operation to find the overdue man.

“All the rescue team members returned to Oggi base for a dry out, warm up and a late cooked lunch before returning to their places of work.”

Last year the Ogwen Valley team was called out 22 times to Tryfan. Earlier this month, two walkers were winched from steep ground on the mountain after spending the day stuck on crags.

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