Missing tramper named

JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 13:06 26/12/2012

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Police have released the name of the German tramper whose body was recovered from challenging terrain in Mt Aspiring National Park on Christmas Day.

He was Frank Spychalski, 38, of Steigertsbraun.

Acting SAR coordinator Senior Constable Mike Johnston, of Wanaka, said a friend of the German tramper contacted police on December 23 and reported the missing man was overdue from a solo tramp in the national park which he started on November 29

His body was located after an aerial search by helicopter of a section of the Cascade Saddle track approaching the area known as the 'pylon'.

This area of the Cascade track has had previous fatalities.

Police said the man had fallen on a snow patch very near the top of the climb.

He was unable to stop his fall and slid down the snow and over the edge of a ridge into a near vertical gully, stopping about  200 metres below.

The recovery was conducted by Wanaka Land SAR alpine cliff rescue, Wanaka Police personnel, and Mt Aspiring helicopters.

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