An Inverness outdoor instructor has died in hospital after falling from a Wester Ross mountain more than two weeks ago.
Tributes were paid to Jonathan Trafford last night, with his employers describing him as a “true gentleman” who was passionate about the outdoors.
The 57-year-old was airlifted from Beinn Alligin in Torridon on the morning of September 14 after falling 200ft down a slope.
He was holiday in the area when he fell, and had been walking with his wife when the accident happened.
He was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness where he remained in a critical condition after suffering injuries to his head, chest and legs in the fall.
He died in hospital on Tuesday as a result of his injuries.
Mr Trafford, who lived in the Inverness area, worked as a senior instructor for outdoor guide company Boots N Paddles.
The company paid tribute to the outdoor guide on their social networking page.
A statement said: “Those of you who have been lucky enough to have Jon lead you on an outdoor adventure will know that he was a true gentleman who was passionate about the joys of climbing, biking and paddling in our great outdoors.
“Jon was also an immensely valuable colleague who worked very hard without complaint, was a great listener and had a never ending desire and determination to master new skills.
“Jon was so much more than a colleague to us all.
“He will be sadly missed and his passing leaves a gaping hole in our lives.
“Our hearts go out to all his family at this devastating time. Rest in peace, Jon.”
Mr Trafford was airlifted off an area of the 3,234ft mountain known as The Horns by the Inverness-based Coastguard helicopter.
Torridon Mountain Rescue Team were also involved in the rescue efforts.