Climber airlifted out of gully after falling

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014

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An injured climber has been plucked by helicopter from a gully near the summit of The Remarkables.

Search and rescue coordinator Sergeant Terry Wood, of Queenstown, yesterday said the 25-year-old Kiwi climber was part of a group climbing on 2319-metre Double Cone and was at the top of the "Petit gully" route when rock gave way.

He fell backwards several metres, landing on his pack, and suffered a back injury and ankle injury.

A search and rescue operation involved a helicopter with a fixed long-line to extract the injured man at 3pm on Wednesday, he said.

"He was at that point free climbing, rock came away and he fell backwards several metres into his pack which cushioned his fall a bit. They called for help to ACR [alpine cliff rescue] members.

"ACR put in a long line below, put him in a harness and lifted him out."

The climber was hobbling when he was taken to Lakes District Hospital after being lifted out. Wood said the group was experienced and rock giving way while climbing was "just one of those things".

The route is a popular climbing traverse.

 

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