A stricken British adventurer was left to die at the top of Mount Everest after fellow climbers were forced to abandon him before they too became trapped.
Peter Kinloch, 28, was only 600 ft into his descent from the summit of the world’s tallest mountain when he suddenly began to stumble and complain he couldn’t see properly.
Sherpas spent 12 hours helping him carry on through the freezing conditions.
But with his health deteriorating and having managed to descend only another 200 ft, his rescuers faced the horrifying realization that they must leave him to his fate.
Mr Kinloch was attempting the Seven Summit Challenge – taking on the tallest mountains on all seven continents. It has been achieved by only a handful of people.
Scaling the 29,029 ft of Everest was his fifth summit, leaving the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia and Mount Vinson in Antarctica to complete the challenge.
Mr Kinloch, a police civilian worker described as “supremely physically fit and not the sort of person to take risks,” wanted to do each climb wearing a hat and scarf of his beloved Inverness Caledonian Thistle football club.
It is thought his sudden loss of sight could have been caused by a brain hemorrhage.