Police have released the name of the climber who slipped and
fell to his death on Mt Aspiring yesterday.
The body of Ari Ross Kingan (21), most recently of Dunedin,
was recovered from the mountain by a search team this
Mr Kingan's climbing partner set off an emergency locator
beacon in an area known as The Ramp about 9pm yesterday,
Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell, of Wanaka, said.
"The pair were climbing in the area when the 21-year-old male
fell. It was our understanding that they had ascended the
mountain earlier and were on the descent when he fell.
"Obviously he slipped and he fell and sustained fatal
Mr Grindell said the exact distance Mr Kingan fell was not
Police and a land search and rescue team were alerted to the
fall by the Rescue Coordination Centre last night.
A helicopter with night vision gear then located the two
climbers, who were both from New Zealand.
"The companion was flown off the mountain last night and
flown back to Wanaka, and this morning we sent up a recovery
team to recover the 21-year-old male who died as a result of