Climber killed on Mt Aspiring named

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 morning.

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 injuries."

Mr Grindell said the exact distance Mr Kingan fell was not yet known.

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 his injuries."

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