Daugh­ter to mark tragedy

Moun­tains: Re­turn to scene of fall which claimed fa­ther and friend’ s lives

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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

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