The man who died after falling more than 1,600ft on Ben Nevis has been named as Patrick Boothroyd.
Patrick, 21, from West Yorkshire, was recovered from the Tower Gully area of the mountain by the HM Coastguard helicopter after the incident was reported on Sunday.
He and a fellow climber were airlifted them to the Belford Hospital in Fort William but Patrick sadly died from his injuries.
Patrick was scaling 4,411ft high Ben Nevis with a fellow climber from Cardiff University Mountaineering Club, who miraculously survived the same plunge with just a couple of broken bones.
The pair were climbing Tower Gully on the mountain’s North Face and were going through a cornice – an overhanging ledge of snow – near the top when it collapsed on them.
"The cornice snow was soft and had no real purchase so it started moving," said Donald Paterson, deputy leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
"It just collapsed on them as they came through the cornice. The snow was not enough to bury them but large enough to carry them down the mountain.
"They must have fallen 500 metres (1640ft) – one walks away with a few cracked ribs, and the other sadly loses his life."
Patrick was an avid climber and shared pictures of him climbing the Dolomites in Italy, the Julian Alps in Slovenia, and Mount Fuji in Japan on social media.
Around 30 members of Lochaber MRT were sent after the alarm was raised at 2.25pm on Sunday, but Mr Paterson and a fellow rescuer reached the pair before the Inverness-based Coastguard search and rescue helicopter airlifted them to the Belford Hospital in Fort William.
The survivor’s condition is unknown, but Police Scotland said he had "non-life threatening injuries". He was also in his 20s.
"They were both sat in the snow when we found them. The one chap had suffered a very serious head injury. His climbing partner had raised the alarm by mobile phone," said Mr Paterson.
"CPR was administered in the helicopter to the badly injured lad, but sadly he could not be saved. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends over this tragic loss of a young life."
Sergeant Michael Bell of Police Scotland said: "Our thoughts are with the man’s friends and family at this very sad time.
"There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.
"I would take the opportunity to thank the crew of the HM Coastguard helicopter and Mountain Rescue Team for their assistance with this incident."
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