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Chairman Ian Brown said the perpetrator might have been a tourist hiking the Roys Peak trail who got caught by the change in weather.
While the equipment did not appear to have been damaged, a charger had been unplugged and the door left open, allowing snow to sweep through the facility. As a result, multiple helicopter trips had been taken to the facility to fix the problem, which cost about $4000. Last month the ODT reported the association was desperately seeking funding to upgrade the facility, which provides VHF communication for several organisations as well as coverage in civil emergencies.