8 Nov 2009

Rock climber killed near Queenstown named

3:10 pm on 8 November 2009

Police have named the rock climber killed near Queenstown on Friday.

He was Matthew Allison, a British man who had been living in Wanaka since February.

The 26-year-old died at Chinaman's Bluff, a popular rock climbing area north of Glenorchy.

Police say Mr Allison fell 155 metres as he tried to free a tangled rope during his descent.

They say he was an experienced rock climber who was familiar with the area.

His climbing companion, James Briscall, was rescued uninjured on Saturday from a ledge 200 metres above the base of the cliff where he had spent the night.