A hillwalker fell nearly 100ft to his death because he was carrying his dog Bane with one hand, rescuers believe.
The bodies of Kyle Sambrook, 33, and his beagle were found in Glencoe following a three-day search.
The West Yorkshire hiker was discovered in a gully at around 2,625ft up on the 3,632ft Stob Coire nam Beith. He had arrived in the Highlands on February 18.
Mr Sambrook’s family were told of the discovery and met rescuers yesterday to thank them, according to the Daily Record.
Brian Bathurst, deputy team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and one of four members to find the bodies on Saturday, said: ‘He had fallen about 30 metres into this gully on the west side of the hill and we think the most likely scenario is that he was holding his dog with one hand.
‘It was appalling weather, with strong winds at the time of his fall, and he may have been trying to get off the hill and lost his way a bit.’
Mr Bathurst added: ‘He also had a heavy rucksack and where he has fallen is very steep ground. It looks like carrying the dog, together with all the other factors, may have been a major cause of the accident.’
It took rescuers six hours to carry the bodies off the mountain via a stretcher.
The landscape gardener had driven to the area intending to camp and climb the 3,351 feet Buachaille Etive Mòr with his dog.
More than 40 rescuers were required to search the area on Friday.
The operation was on Saturday joined by rescuers from Tweed Valley, Oban and Lochaber mountain rescue teams.
Mr Bathurst praised the ‘huge effort’ of all teams involved.
‘We could not have done more, but obviously hoped for a better outcome,’ he said.
It comes as another walker, Harvey Christian from Peterborough, has been missing on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, since January 27.
His car was found parked by a lay-by in the mountain.