Climber dies in fall on Mt Earnslaw

More details are expected to emerge today about the death of a climber in a fall on Mt Earnslaw, near Glenorchy, on Saturday.

Helicopters Otago managing director Graeme Gale confirmed an aircraft from Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter Queenstown helped police recover the body on Saturday night, but he was unable to comment further.

A police media statement yesterday said the climber’s death was reported about 4pm on Saturday and the body recovered from near Earnslaw Hut about four hours later.

The hut is about 3km east of the mountain’s highest point, the 2830m East Peak, and 25km north of Glenorchy.

The death will be referred to the coroner.

In 2015, experienced climber Simon Bell, of Wellington, went missing after setting out to complete a traverse of the west and east peak.

His body has never been located.

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