Body recovered after Federation Peak fall
Monday, 9 April 2007.
A man has died while climbing Federation Peak in Tasmania's south-west.
He fell from the summit of the peak yesterday afternoon at about 2:30pm AEST. The jagged summit of Federation Peak can only be reached by a near-vertical climb.
His companion set off an emergency beacon and was found by police yesterday evening.
But the search for the dead man's body was considered too dangerous in the dark and was put off until first light this morning.
The body has been flown to Hobart in the police rescue helicopter.
The coroner is investigating the man's death. The victim's name has not yet been released.
From SMH :
Climber plunges to death from Tas peak
April 9, 2007 - 1:39PM
A climber has plunged to his death while attempting to scale Tasmania's Federation Peak, 90km west of Hobart.
Rescue workers were scrambled to the mountain after a fellow climber set off an EPIRB emergency positioning beacon at 2.30pm (AEST) on Sunday, Tasmania Police said.
A police helicopter located the dead man's friend four hours later but rescuers postponed trying in the dark to recover the body until Monday morning.
The victim's name has not been released and the coroner is now investigating the fall, police said.
Federation Peak, which soars 1,224 metres in the Arthur Range of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, is considered to be Tasmania's toughest climb, according to Tourism Tasmania.
I doubt very much if it was a climber - the bushwalking route to the top is amazingly exposed and requires scrambling up to grade 6 or 7 hundreds of metres above Lake Geeves.