Climber, 72, gets help on mountain

19:42, Feb 03 2013

A 72-year-old tramper managed his first climb to the summit of Mt Taranaki yesterday in perfect conditions but had to be given a helping hand on the final stretch down.

Taranaki Search and Rescue were called to get the man off the mountain after he made it down as far as the bottom of the Puffer by mid-afternoon but could not go any further.

"He'd done very well to get right up to the top at his age and he nearly made it. He's lived to tell the tale," Senior Sergeant Matt Prendergast of SAR said. The tramper's knees had told him they would not take him any further.

"The track's still a bit tricky after that," Mr Prendergast said. "I'd be very pleased if I can make it to the top at that stage in my life," Mr Prendergast said.

SAR collected the man in their four-wheel-drive. .

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