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Hillwalker dies in fall on Torridon peak

The Torridon region where a hill walker has died.
The Torridon region where a hill walker has died.

A hillwalker has fallen to his death on a Scottish mountain – the second fatality on a Highland peak in four days.

The 37-year-old was on Spidean a’Choire Leith  – the highest summit of 3,461 ft Liathach, in Torridon.

Police Scotland said he was pronounced dead at the scene after the alarm had been raised around 4.25pm on Thursday.

Members of Torridon Mountain Rescue Team also took part in the operation.

The man is not believed to be local to the area.

A spokeswoman for the police said the Procurator Fiscal had been informed.

Earlier this week a man died in a fall from another Scottish mountain in Storm Dennis.

Richard Armstrong was from Wigton in Cumbria. The 42-year-old plunged nearly 100ft from the path for 3278ft high Stob Ban on the south side of Glen Nevis in Lochaber.

Police Scotland confirmed that he died as a result of the incident which reported shortly after 1pm as Storm Dennis raged.

Mr Armstrong was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was recovered in a six hour operation by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

Donald Paterson, deputy leader of Lochaber MRT, said Mr Armstrong was with a companion and guide – and were taking part in a winter hills training course.

He described the conditions as “horrendous”.

“The winds were gusting over 50mph. I was knocked over twice. Some of my team were also knocked over too. There was snow, hail, wind and rain at lower levels. It was awful.

“In my opinion it is questionable that they (the guided party) should have been out in that weather, but ultimately it is their decision to make over the conditions,” he said.

Police said a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Stob Bàn is situated at the western end of the Mamores ridge, over three miles north-west of Kinlochleven.

Only last week Lochaber MRT rescued four men in a -20C blizzard – three of them wearing trainers – from Ben Nevis.

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