THE body of a missing climber has been found, police said yesterday. The alarm was raised after the 60-year-old man failed to return from a climb on Saturday.
The body of the man, who has not been named, was found on A'Chrois, near Arrochar, after a massive search. Strathclyde Police Mountain Rescue Team and members of the Oban Rescue Team, RAF Mountain Rescue and the Search and Rescue Dog Association all joined the hunt for the missing man.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out, but she added that there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
A report on the incident will be submitted to the procurator-fiscal.
In a separate incident, the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team rescued four hillwalkers who became stranded on a cliff face.
The group were trying to descend from Aonach Eagach Ridge on Saturday afternoon when they became stuck. All four hillwalkers were uninjured, and the 15-strong mountain rescue team brought them off the ridge and escorted them off the hills.
The sportscotland avalanche information service has upgraded the avalanche risk in several popular mountaineering and ski-ing areas for today.
The northern and southern Cairngorms both have a "considerable" risk above 1000m and 900m respectively.
Lochaber and Glencoe also have the same risk-rating for avalanches in higher areas.
A "considerable" risk-rating is Category 3 warning on the five- point avalanche risk scale.