Dead tramper named

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 13:32 26/12/2012

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

He was Frank Spychalski, 38, of Steigertsbraun.

A friend of the tramper had contacted police on December 23 and reported Spychalski overdue from a solo tramp 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'.

The 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.

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