Climber plummets hundreds of metres to death
AN EXPERIENCED climber was killed when he plummeted hundreds of metres off Mount Barney, leaving the climbing community devastated.
Acting Inspector Warren Parker said the 50-year-old man from Bethania “somehow came detached from the climbing rope and had fallen a significant distance – some 300400m – to his death”.
The man was with two other experienced climbers as they abseiled down the summit of Mt Barney at a section called The Governor about 12:30pm on Saturday.
Insp Parker said the two climbers, aged in their 30s, were shaken after the incident.
“I’d actually describe the climber as very, very experienced – so experienced he knows the area very, very well and has actually performed rescues down at that area himself,” he said. “And that is actually his employment, that sort of expedition-type, adventure climbing, that’s what he does for a living.”
The man’s family were “obviously devastated”.
“(They are) quite upset but they have taken a little bit of solace out of the fact that he was actually doing something he loved when he did pass away,” Insp Parker said.
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