Dead tramper named
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.
The Southland Times