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Scots climber Andy Nisbet honoured by mountain festival

Andy Nisbet Image copyright Dave McGimpsey
Image caption Andy Nisbet has been honoured for his enthusiasm and pioneering attitude to climbing

Scottish mountaineer Andy Nisbet has been named as the recipient of the seventh Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.

The 60-year-old climber and instructor, who grew up in Aberdeen, will be formally presented with the award at the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Mr Nisbet's appearance and climbing style have earned him the nicknames Honey Monster and The Droid.

He has established almost 1,000 new winter climbing routes.

In a statement, festival organisers said: "Andy Nisbet was chosen as this year's worthy recipient because of his inspirational enthusiasm for the Scottish mountains and his invaluable contribution to climbing through his work in writing guidebooks.

"Over the decades Andy has gone to incredible lengths to bring climbers a highly accurate and detailed record of the tens of thousands of climbs across Scotland."

Information gathered by Mr Nisbet on his climbs appear in Scottish Mountaineering Club guidebooks.

The statement added: "Known for his boundless enthusiasm, humour and pioneering attitude, Andy exemplifies the passion for mountain culture that this award celebrates."

The Fort William Mountain Festival will be held from 19-23 February.

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