Who was Rob Brown? Family pays homage to mountaineer, 33, who died in climbing accident
Brown had a fatal fall while he was ascending the North Face of Scotland's tallest peak, Ben Nevis
An unfortunate incident on Ben Nevis resulted in the death of avid mountaineer Rob Brown on Friday, July 29, while he was ascending the North Face of Scotland's tallest peak. The 33-year-old's demise was short and painless, according to his family members, and the unforeseen fall was impossible to avoid.
The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was able to climb the peak and bring Rob's corpse and his possessions down. Rob, who ran a Ben Nevis travel agency, has subsequently received several condolence messages from friends and family.
A message regarding Rob's death has been posted on his Facebook page, which says: "On Friday 29th July 2022 we lost Rob to a climbing accident on the North Face of Ben Nevis. It was a beautiful day and he was excited to enjoy it in the mountains, as he always loved doing with his free time. Anyone that knows Rob knows he is experienced, calm, confident, and not a risk-taker on the hill and Friday was no different."
"It was a tragic accident that couldn’t have been prevented and we want everyone to know it was quick and painless for him," the statement continued. "He left us whilst having a great day out and was happy and content with his life. We are all absolutely heartbroken and devastated that he has had to leave us when he had so much more life left to give and with such an exciting future ahead."
"We are grateful for everyone that has reached out to us so far - to help and support us in so many ways - whilst we navigate the unimaginable," the statement added, "We would like to host a celebration of Rob’s life in the next few weeks and will share plans and a date when we can."
Friends and distraught family members commented on the post with messages of grief. "This is so hard—I am so proud of my wonderful son," said Martin Scott, Rob's father.
"Such sad, sad news. An amazing man, a true gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family and everyone who ever had the pleasure to have met him," another user said.
"Absolutely heartbroken to lose such a colourful, amazing and much loved friend. He was one of the funniest, most inspiring people I ever met and I am devastated for his family, Eilidh and the many, many friends he leaves behind. Slàinte Rob, you really were one of a kind," said user Craig McDonald.
"Such awful news. Rob was one of the kindest, selfless, level-headed, and friendliest people I’ve met. A hole in the Fort William community which can never be filled. Thoughts are with Eilidh, his family, friends, climbing partner that day, and the rescue team. Rest in peace Rob," said community member Malcolm Airey.
Rob, who was from Cambridge, was residing in Fort William prior to his death.
A Scotland Police representative said, "At around 11.15 am on Friday, 29 July, we received a report of a man having fallen at Zero Gully, Ben Nevis. Following a mountain rescue, the body of a 33-year-old man was recovered." The representative confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Rob's death. "A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal," they added.