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Mountain route named after Strathspey legend

By Tom Ramage

Legendary Strathspey mountaineer Andy Nisbet has been honoured posthumously on a new climbing route.

Andy Nisbet
Andy Nisbet

The route was dedicated this week to the 65-year-oldBoat of Garten man who lost his life in a mountain accident in February.

Mr Nisbet, popularly known as "The Goat of Barten", died with his Inverness-based climbing partner Steve Perry after getting into difficulty on Sutherland's Ben Hope, the country's most northerly Munro.

In a long and illustrious career the legendary local climber had helped to establish 1,000 winter climbing routes.

He kept an official record of all Scottish routes.

It was his friend Dave MacLeod who claimed the new route, on the Isle of Harris, at Creag Mo crags.

Mr MacLeod, from Lochaber, named the new route "The Hard Drive" in reference to a bagpipe tune of the same name which his great mate Andy Mr Nisbet was enjoyed listening to for inspiration among his favourite hills.

It was the first new route the professional climber, had struck since the February tragedy.

Mr Nisbet's appearance and climbing style earned him the nicknames "Honey Monster" and "The Droid". It is understood he and Mr Perry had finished their ascent and had fallen on Ben Hope's upper slopes, somewhere over 3,000ft.

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