A BRIT has been killed after falling from the infamous ‘Devil’s Pass’ mountain in northern Spain.
The 25-year-old is believed to have fallen while trying to reach a 4,367 meter limestone peak called Anboto in the Basque Country.
His lifeless body was found by search and rescue teams on Friday morning.
Police sources confirmed this morning that the dead man was a 25-year-old Briton.
He had been climbing with a British friend when he fell to his death on Thursday afternoon.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the couple lives in Spain or is vacationing in the area.
They are not considered professional climbers and probably work as delivery drivers.
According to a local report, they were staying at a hotel in Eibar, an industrial town in the province of Gipuzkoa that sits on the banks of the Ego River.
According to the same report, the two friends split and the man continued his ascent alone before the tragedy struck for reasons expected to be part of an ongoing investigation.
He is said to have been caught in a storm while attempting to reach the mountaintop at Devil’s Pass between Alluitz, the second highest peak of the Urkiola range, and the highest peak, Anboto.
Sources said they believed he may have been trying to descend the dangerous ridge, which can be treacherous in wet weather, when he fell.
A spokesman for the Ertzaintza regional police confirmed: “The emergency services have found the lifeless body of the climber that we had been looking for since Thursday evening.
“Around 8.30 p.m. the alarm was sounded that the 25-year-old had disappeared near the Alluitz summit.
“A police helicopter found his body at a place called Canal de Infernu Zubi near Alluitz summit where it appears he may have fallen.”
The body of the British climber has now been taken to the city of Bilbao for an autopsy.
Several people were killed on Devil’s Pass – Paso del Diablo in Spanish – and the area around Anboto Peak, which the Briton was attempting to reach.
In the decade between 2000 and 2010, a local newspaper put the death toll at 12 in an April 2010 report on the death of a 58-year-old man on the pass.
Reports at the time led to debate over whether chains should be installed to help people cross.
After a fatal accident there a few years ago, the president of the Basque Mountain Association said: “It is not difficult to cross the pass, but it is dangerous. Nothing for mountaineers who suffer from vertigo.”
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