Daughter to mark tragedy
Mountains: Return to scene of fall which claimed father and friend’ s lives
The daughter of a prominent Scottish climber killed on Ben Hope last year with a friend has revealed she plans to mark the first anniversary of his death – by scaling the same Munro.
Prolific winter climbers Steve Perry, 47, and Andy Nisbet, 65, got into severe difficulty after falling on Ben Hope in Sutherland.
Mr Perry, who lived at Dalcross near Inverness, survived the fall and managed to call for help, warning rescuers they could die if not found quickly. But the pair were
“I will be thinking of my dad every step of the way”
in a remote location on the 3,041ft peak and their bodies were found after a two-day operation.
Now Mr Perry’s daughter, Adele, will tackle the Munro to raise money for the two mountain rescue teams that tried to save him, Assynt and Dundonnell.
She will climb Ben Hope on February 5, the first anniversary of the tragedy.
She said: “It will be emotional, and I will be thinking of my dad every step of the way. I hope some of the rescue team will be joining me on the day.”
Miss Perry, 24, who lives in Manchester, revealed her father and Mr Nisbet – who were roped together – were near the summit when they fell.
“My dad made two calls – one to alert the emergency services and the other to say he only had 60 minutes left to live because of the conditions,” she said.
“I think the first call was around 3.45pm and the second was a couple of hours later. The helicopter spotted their bodies at 2.12 the next morning and it was clear nothing could be done. They were into winter climbing routes on Ben Hope and had waited for weeks for the weather to be right to establish this new route.
“I did not know Andy, but I know he and dad became great friends.”
In the winter of 200506, Mr Perry became the first person to complete a continuous unsupported winter round of Scotland’s Munros entirely on foot. He was also the first person to have finished two continuous Munro rounds.
Mr Nisbet, who lived in Boat of Garten, was a former Scottish Mountaineering Club president.
To sponsor Miss Perry, visit www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/adele-perry1 or www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/adele-perry2
ROUTE MASTER: Steve Perry, who with his good friend Andy Nisbet had waited weeks to pioneer a winter climbing route on the mountain