WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One Australian and one English climber have fallen to their deaths in New Zealand.
Police Inspector Dave Gaskin said Monday the two incidents on consecutive days in the Aoraki-Mt. Cook National Park were not related and were not due to bad weather. He says they come as a reminder that climbers need to use extreme caution.
On Friday, 36-year-old Duncan Raite died after slipping and falling about 60 meters (200 feet) from a ridge. The New Zealand-born Australian was planning to do some ski touring. He'd been dropped off by helicopter and was walking to a hut when he fell.
On Saturday, 32-year-old Englishman Robert Buckley fell about 600 meters (2,000 feet) while climbing to a small hut on Mount Sefton. Gaskin said Buckley was wearing crampons but was inexperienced.