Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Tom, an avid climber since he was a child, has previously said that mountaineering is “in his DNA”.In 2015 he became the first person to ever complete a solo climb of all six major north faces of the Alps in one winter.His mother, Alison Hargreaves, was the first woman to reach the top of Everest unaided. Tom has previously said that he is “following in the family footsteps” by attempting many of the climbs his mother had completed before her death. Ian Sykes, a friend of the Ballard family, told BBC Scotland that Tom was a talented and experienced climber, adding: “It must have been very tough for the kids growing up without their mum and I hope to God things are going to be ok in this case. It is very worrying.” Plans to use a helicopter to sweep the mountain face for Tom and Daniele were initially scuppered by the sudden escalation of tensions between Pakistan and India this week, which caused airspace to close.The Foreign Office have confirmed that staff are in contact with the Pakistani authorities in relation to the disappearance. Mr Ballard at the summit of the Matterhorn during a challenge in the Alps The British climber had been an avid mountaineer since he was a child Tom Ballard has gone missing while scaling a mountain in Pakistan A tent and signs of an avalanche have been found during the search for a British climber who disappeared in the Himalayan mountains.Helicopters are scouring Pakistan’s perilous Nanga Parbat for Tom Ballard, 30, and his Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi who have not been heard from since Sunday.The pair had been scaling the so-called “Killer Mountain”, the ninth highest in the world, but disappeared at about 6,300 metres during fog, sleet and heavy winds.A search team has began climbing from Base Camp to the place where they last made contact.Mountaineer Ali Sadpara is on board the Pakistani army helicopter which is sweeping the 8,100-metre mountain.According to an update published on Daniele’s Facebook page, Mr Sadpara has announced that “traces of an avalanche” and a “tent invaded by snow” have been spotted from the air.Nanga Parbat Winter Expedition Rescue told The Telegraph that the tent, which was found at about 5,500 metres, was a “reddish-orange colour”. She died in 1995 aged just 33 during a descent from the peak of K2 in the Himalayas and her body has never been found.