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Weather hampers search for missing Wester Ross hillwalker

Alan and Neil Gibson Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Alan and Neil Gibson did not return after setting out on Thursday

A search to find a missing hillwalker in Wester Ross has been hampered by bad weather.

Neil Gibson, 63, failed to return after setting out to climb a group of Munros north of Strathcarron with his brother last Thursday.

The body of 56-year-old Alan was found on Saturday evening.

Weather conditions have been challenging with blizzards and there has also been a significant avalanche risk in the large search area.

Police said plans for a renewed search would remain under review.

Image copyright Dundonnell MRT
Image caption An image taken by Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team showing conditions during a search at the weekend

The brothers and their dog - a black Pointer named Archie, had set out for Achnashellach on Thursday morning.

Torridon, Dundonnell and RAF mountain rescue teams and search dogs have been involved in the efforts to find them.

Inverness and Stornoway coastguard helicopters have also been assisting.

Image copyright Scott Sharman
Image caption Weather conditions in the area were described as "tricky"

One of the brothers was thought to have travelled to the Wester Ross area from County Durham, while the other came from Nairn.

Mountain rescue teams have been searching on the ground, while both the Inverness and Stornoway Coastguard helicopters have been flying over a huge area.

In a tweet on Saturday, Inverness police said: "We can sadly confirm that mountain rescue teams have recovered the body of Alan Gibson, one of two missing brothers and who failed to return from a hillwalk in the Achnashellach area on Thursday.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. "

Police Scotland has urged walkers and climbers to heed forecasts and be prepared, and equipped, for sudden changes in the weather.

It said mountain rescue teams had been called out 13 times in the past week.

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Image caption Torridon Mountain Rescue Team, seen here training earlier in the week, have been taking part in the search

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