Dad: Take a risk despite son's death; CLIMBING.
THE grieving dad of a climber who died on Ben Nevis said yesterday the tragedy should not deter other adventurers.
Medical student Ben St Joseph, 22, who had recently been commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps, fell 400ft into a gully.
His dad Andrew said: "He was a very fit and experienced climber and had been on Ben Nevis before.
"We wouldn't want his death to discourage other young people from exploring the world and their limits."
His son was 2,800ft up the 4,409ft mountain climbing Tower Ridge when he fell on Saturday morning.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said: "The conditions were pretty good. It is one of the risks climbers take."
Cattle farmer Mr St Joseph, of Tollesbury, Essex, added: "Ben knew about risk. He had flown in crop dusting planes in Australia, climbed in Peru and worked on a farm.
"He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
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