Car found in urgent search for missing Ben Nevis hillwalker

The hillwalker is understood to have reached the summit but is yet to make contact with friends or family.

Car found in urgent search for missing hillwalker Harvey Christian following Ben Nevis climb in Highlands Police Scotland

The car of a missing hillwalker who was climbing the UK’s highest mountain has been found following an urgent multi-agency search.

Harvey Christian, from Cambridgeshire, has not returned since embarking on a trek up Ben Nevis on January 27, amid growing concerns for his safety.

The 42-year-old, from Cambridgeshire, is understood to have reached the summit, but is yet to make contact with family or friends.

Police confirmed on Monday that his car, a Vauxhall Crossland X, has been found parked in a layby in Glen Nevis.

Searches are being conducted in the area, including on Ben Nevis, involving Lochaber Mountain Rescue, Police Scotland Mountain Rescue, police dogs, and a Coastguard helicopter.

Mr Christian is described as 6ft 2ins tall and of a heavy build with fair hair. 

It is not known what he was wearing but most likely to be waterproofs and walking boots. 

It is believed he set off from the Glen Nevis visitor centre around 10.30am.

Police Scotland has issued an appeal for fellow climbers and walkers to contact officers if they have any information on his whereabouts.

Sergeant Brian Heriot said: “We believe Harvey was planning to climb Ben Nevis on Friday but he has not returned to his car and concerns are growing for his welfare.

“We don’t know what he was wearing or what equipment he had with him. His most likely route to Ben Nevis would have been from the Glen Nevis visitor centre.

“We are appealing to anyone who has been out walking or climbing in the area and may have seen him to get in touch.”

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference number 3318 of Saturday, January 28, 2023.