Climber dies on Queenstown mountain

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A 30-year-old New Zealander is dead after being caught in an avalanche on a Queenstown mountain range this morning.

The man was one of two experienced climbers caught in the four-metre wide avalanche at about 8.35am on the west face of the Remarkables.

Queenstown police sergeant Steve Watt says the man fell about 500 metres. The avalanche, which was 30-40 centimetres deep, swept the climber from his feet, carrying him down a steep face and he was unable to gain control of his descent.

Watt says a 34-year-old climbing companion who was uninjured managed to reach the man some time later and raise the alarm.

The police and The Remarkables ski-field patrol team mounted an emergency response.

Police won’t be making the deceased man’s name public until they’ve notified next-of-kin.