Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Mt Aspiring rescue: Australian climber named as army lieutenant Terry Harch

Mt Aspiring rescue: Australian climber named as army lieutenant Terry Harch

"It's a great result, as we did not want the climber spending another night on the mountain", Neville Blakemore, an official of New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre, said in a statement.

After setting off his locator beacon, the 29-year-old spent three nights waiting in sub-zero conditions to see if someone would come to his rescue.

An Australian has been found alive on NZ's Mount Aspiring.

The article said Harch had climbed the mountain previously, in 2011, and was part of an army team that did a mountain climbing course in the shadow of Mount Cook in 2007.

"We give all due high praise to the Wanaka Alpine Rescue crew and helicopter crews and police; they've been just unbelievable".

The Australian Army confirmed that Lt Harch was a soldier now on leave in New Zealand.

CEO Mike Daisley said the man could have easily become another fatality statistic. "I don't think he would have lasted another night", Mullally told the New Zealand Herald.

"The rescue team left with the climber had provided warm clothing, tents, food and were well-equipped with emergency gear to keep the party dry and warm for what, is hoped to be, their last night on the mountain". The Australian Army later confirmed that the climber was a soldier now on leave in the country.

On Tuesday, rescue teams found Alexander Gukov, a Russian climber who was stranded on a mountain in Pakistan for six days.

He had endured winds of up to 60km/h and at times heavy snow. There's been a lot of snow in the last couple of days.

Members of the alpine cliff rescue team found most of the man's equipment at French Ridge hut.

There are now 10km an hour south east winds that are expected to intensify by midday. Snow was at 1200m and the party is now at about 2300m up Mt Aspiring.

"The pilots did an incredible job to fly in and out, despite the low cloud tonight".

Daisley stressed the risk of winter mountaineering for solo trekkers and that climbers - no matter how experienced - should use common sense. Scattered and heavy rain, thunderstorms, chilly winds and snow falling to 1200 metres was forecast until 6pm.

More than 30 people are thought to have died around the popular national park in the past decade.

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