A lone walker surprised his rescuers by walking away after a 90ft fall on the Nevis Range in Lochaber.
The man, who was in his 40s, called 999 after he fell between Aonach Mor and Carn Mor Dearg and suffered a head wound.
He was able to give his location and walk to an agreed grid reference to be picked up by RAF Sea King helicopter Rescue 137.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team leader John Stevenson said they received a call for assistance at about 5.30pm yesterday.
He said: “The man called it in himself. Initially, we thought he was more seriously hurt, but it seems that, despite the fall and suffering a head injury, he was still walking wounded.
“He was able to give us a grid reference and said he would make his way to that location.
“We called out the rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and the crew quickly located him at the grid reference he had given.”
Mr Stevenson added that mountain rescue team members were standing by in case they were needed, but the helicopter managed to locate him and airlift him to the Belford Hospital in Fort William.
He said: “The weather was fine – sunny with a light breeze – so the helicopter had no problems locating him and picking him up.”