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ALP MA BOAB; Ace climber falls off house roof.

A CLIMBER - who conquered some of the world's most dangerous peaks - was badly hurt when he fell from the roof of his Scots cottage.

Fearless Martin Moran, 44, has climbed some of the world's most treacherous mountains including 15,600ft Mont Blanc and the 14,5000ft Matterhorn.

But he came to grief while fixing slates on the roof of his Highland home.

Martin plunged 30ft from the building in Lochcarron, Wester Ross, and fractured his wrist, elbow, pelvis and ribs.

Twelve years ago, ace climber Moran became the first person to scale all of Scotland's Munros - mountains over 3000 feet - during a single winter.

But last night, the embarrassed climbing instructor refused to talk about his fall. However, his relieved wife Joy revealed how his amazing mountain skills saved him from worse injury.

She said: "He told me that while he was falling, he was thinking about the best way to land to minimise injury."

And Casey Gordon, secretary of the British Mountain Guides Association, said: "It is a bit ironic that he fell from a house roof after all of his achievements."

One villager in Lochcarron said: "We all feel very sorry for him but there has been the odd chuckle."

Moran is back at home after spending two weeks at Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness.
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Author:Ramsay, Heather
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 1998
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