Hiker hurt in fall after being blown over by 80mph winds
Mountain rescuers trekked to him on foot after the helicopter was forced to turn back.
A walker was left seriously injured after being blown over by 80mph winds and plunging into a burn.
Conditions in the Cairngorms were so stormy on Saturday night that a helicopter was unable to reach him.
As a result, mountain rescuers were forced to hike to the walker over the summit of Cairn Gorm.
They picked him for several "brutal" miles until they were met by another group with 4x4s.
Eight hours after the rescue began the injured walker, who had intended to camp in the Cairngorms with his brother overnight, was handed over to paramedics.
Winds were gusting at around 80mph on the Cairn Gorm summit on Saturday night.
A spokesman for Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team said: "They were survival skills enthusiasts and had done everything possible to look after themselves but the situation was very serious.
"The team requested assistance from the coastguard rescue helicopter, which battled the storm and low cloud to get a couple of teams close, but the rest of the team had to battle their way over the summit of cairngorm to reach the casualty.
'After a brutal stretcher carry of several miles, rescuers were able to reach the stretcher party with 4x4 vehicles high in the ski area.'Cairngorm MRT spokesman
"After a brutal stretcher carry of several miles, rescuers were able to reach the stretcher party with 4x4 vehicles high in the ski area.
"The helicopter did some remarkable flying to get close to the casualty but in the end they too were defeated by the weather.
"The aircraft was really being battered by the turbulence, but the crew just kept at it, trying to assist us. After a prolonged 8 hour rescue, the casualty was delivered to a waiting ambulance."