Roger Payne's elderly mother Nellie has spoken of her "devastation" at the loss of her "brave" son who died in an avalanche on Mont Blanc on Thursday.
Mrs Payne also spoke her concern for Mr Payne's partner Julie-Ann Clyma.
She went on to describe how Roger had expressed an interest in climbing at just two years old.
A memorial service has been held for nine climbers, including three Britons, killed in a huge avalanche in the French Alps.
The families of three men who were killed in a major avalanche in the French Alps on Thursday have paid tribute to them.
Two survivors of the avalanche which killed nine climbers, including three Britons, describe the terrifying moment they were swept away.