on a trip, supporting a party from a disability adventure trust that he worked for as an activity instructor.
He was last seen alive by friends when he set off to climb the 2617-metre Peña Vieja mountain. While trying to reach the peak, his friends turned back, but Cadd decided to carry on with the climb alone.
His team raised the alarm when he failed to rejoin them later in the day as was planned.
A land and air
search was launched the next day by Spanish police, involving mountain rescue specialists and three helicopters.
However, Cadd's body was only found on Monday, trapped inside a nine-metre gorge among boulders.
Tony Potter, chief executive for the disability trust, told the UK newspaper The Sun
, "He will be greatly missed."
: Cadd was not in fact working with the disability adventure trust at the time and was on annual leave in Spain and assisted as a volunteer assessor for the Kingsley School, Bideford Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition.
The Head Teacher
of Kingsley School, Andy Waters, paid tribute to Cadd, describing his death as a “tragic loss”, and saying:
"It is with shock and sadness that we have received the news that Barrie Cadd has been involved in a fatal mountain accident in the Picos De Europa in northern Spain."
“The School is offering every support to Barrie’s family as they deal with this tragic loss."
"We understand that they have also received excellent support from the local police and the British Consulate."
“The School’s Governors, staff and parents are being kept up to date with the news, and the whole School community is joined together in keeping Barrie’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers at this desperately sad time.”