1 Feb 2017

Mt Cook climber cancels call for help

12:06 pm on 1 February 2017

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre says a climber on Mt Cook who set off his emergency beacon in the early hours of this morning is safe and well.

Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park.

Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Photo: 123rf.com

A spokesperson for the centre Mark Dittner said the solo Welsh climber activated his beacon on Darwin Glacier about 1am because the weather had been rough and he was feeling hypothermic.

Mr Dittner said an alpine cliff rescue team had been waiting for the weather to clear so it could conduct a rescue, when the climber radioed in from the Tasman Saddle Hut to say he no longer needed help.

The climber was making his own arrangements to get out of the area.