A New Zealand climber, who had been living in Australia, has
died after a fall from Mount Cook.
The 36-year-old slipped and fell approximately 200 metres
down a steep ice gully as he was approaching the Tasman
Saddle Hut yesterday morning, police said.
He had been planning a ski tour of the area and was using the
Tasman Saddle Hut as a base.
A massive rescue bid was made shortly after 11am yesterday,
with members of the Aoraki Mt Cook Department of Conservation
Alpine Rescue Team, Alpine Guides, The Helicopter Line,
Twizel and Fairlie police and Westpac Rescue paramedics all
called in to help.
Constable Joseph Rush, from Twizel police, said the weather
conditions were severe, with poor visibility, strong wind
gusts and -15 temperatures.
The man's name will not be released until family have been
notified. He had been living in Melbourne before his death.
- by Patrice Dougan of APNZ