A climber was recovering in hospital tonight after surviving a 600ft plunge down Scotland’s tallest peak.
The man suffered serious facial and rib injuries after falling and sliding down a gully on Ben Nevis, which has claimed many lives in former incidents.
He was airlifted to hospital after a four-hour search by two mountain rescue teams and a Royal Navy helicopter on the peak, near Fort William.
The climber was part of a four-man team which had divided into pairs for the ascent yesterday, police said.
He and his climbing partner had decided to camp overnight on Ben Nevis after being struck by fatigue.
But before settling down for the night the unnamed man fell 200 metres down the Five Finger Gully.
A spokesman for Northern Constabulary said: “It looks like he’s missed the zig-zag route of Ben Nevis and fallen straight into the gully.