Aussie climber trapped on New Zealand mountain found

The climber set off up the Mt Aspiring

The alarm was raised on Monday and rescue crews watched his beacon moving around the mountain for days as concerns grew.

Two helicopters led by an experienced pilot will be sent to remove the man, and the rescue teams that have been scouring two different parts of the mountain for him, once weather permits.

Lt Harch went on the solo climb in New Zealand's South Island last Friday but failed to return on Monday. They said a friend reported him missing that day and Harch also triggered an emergency beacon.

"They have set up a tent and they have food, clothes and equipment for him".

"It's a great result as we did not want the climber spending another night on the mountain", he said.

This has been a long and drawn out Search and Rescue Operation and the cooperation, skills and expertise shown by the Alpine Cliff Rescue Teams, Wanaka LandSAR, New Zealand Police SAR (Wanaka), along with Southern Lakes Helicopters and Aspiring Helicopters has been nothing short of fantastic.

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"There's been a lot of snow in the last couple of days".

Wanaka Land Search and Rescue spokesman Phil Melchior said Harch had done very well to survive.

Two Alpine Cliff Rescue crews were to be dropped in the area but the helicopter was forced to turn back, due to low cloud.

There were 10km/h south-east winds in the morning, which were expected to rise to 30km/h by noon. The wind chill factor is minus 16 degrees Celsius (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and the avalanche advisory is high. The snow level was at 1200 metres and the party were at about 2300 metres up Mount Aspiring.

Mountain Safety Council chief executive Mike Daisley said he was relieved Harch had narrowly avoided death.

"Winter mountaineering is a high-risk, high-reward activity, and is certainly not for the faint of heart".

Over the past decade more than 30 people have died in and around Mount Aspiring National Park, one of country's most popular playgrounds for adventure-seekers.

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