Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron paid tribute to the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue teams and the Coastguard during First Minister Questions.
He made his comments in the same week that rescue teams responded to an avalanche in Ben Nevis which claimed the lives of three climbers.
Donald said: “I felt it was right to draw attention to the courage and professionalism of those people who make themselves available to help others at risk of death or serious injury in the mountains.
“As someone from Lochaber with friends in the mountain rescue team, I am very aware of the immense effort over many years that has been made by volunteers to rescue walkers and climbers who have got into difficulty in this challenging environment.
“Members of the Mountain Rescue Teams subject themselves to many hours of training and preparation in order to carry out what can be gruelling and sometimes very upsetting tasks in the most extreme of conditions.
“There are many people alive today who owe their lives to their efforts.
“We owe the Mountain Rescue Teams and the Coastguard a huge debt of gratitude for their selfless commitment on behalf of others who share their love of Scotland’s mountains.”