Rescuers had to make their way to the summit of the mountain in blizzard conditions. Photo: Cairngorm MRT

Rescuers had to make their way to the summit of the mountain in blizzard conditions. Photo: Cairngorm MRT

Rescuers battled for nine hours to bring to safety a walker stranded in a blizzard on a Highlands munro.

Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday evening to aid the man who was about 3,000ft up on Carn Bàn Mòr, east of Glen Feshie.

A team spokesperson said the walker had succumbed to bad weather and the challenges of navigation in a blizzard.

“The Coastguard rescue helicopter made strenuous attempts to get to the casualty, then to drop the team off as high as possible, but in the end was thwarted by clag and snow,” the spokesperson said.

Team leader Willie Anderson said: “I was getting quite concerned for the casualty. He had had cut the laces off his boots because both his boots and his feet were frozen.

The team leader said the walker was in a bad way. Photo: Cairngorm MRT

The team leader said the walker was in a bad way. Photo: Cairngorm MRT

“It sounded like he was in a bad way and it was proving really difficult to get to him.”

In the end, a group of Cairngorm team members had to climb up from the valley to the 1,052m summit of the hill to find and rescue the walker.

Mr Anderson said: “The helicopter crew kept trying to reach the stranded walker through the night, but the weather was simply too bad.”

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