Aussie climber trapped on New Zealand mountain found

Otago University senior clinical lecturer Christchurch forensic psychiatrist and mountaineer Erik Monasterio said the

Australian climber found alive after week trapped on New Zealand mountain

The climber entered the national park last Friday and is thought to have left his heavier gear behind to make a quick ascent - not unusual practice - before being caught out by the weather.

"It's a great result as we did not want the climber spending another night on the mountain", rescue official Neville Blakemore said in a statement following the operation Friday.

Sam Jones from returned services charity Soldier On says Terry is remarkably resilient.

"This is a deadly environment up there".

New Zealand attracts climbers from around the world and has on average 37 mountain search and rescue missions a year.

"Conditions are due to deteriorate further, so we are very keen to get them off the mountain".

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Harch, on leave in New Zealand, was described as being in good spirits.

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. There are another two Alpine Rescue Crew to pick up from the nearby French Ridge hut.

"They don't take chances, but by the same token they are working in extremely harsh conditions, and you've got to have all your wits about you to get the machines into there".

South-east winds were expected to rise to 30km by noon.

The climber set off up the Mt Aspiring "alone and lightly packed". The wind chill was minus 16degC with scattered rain easing this morning.

On Tuesday, rescue teams found Alexander Gukov, a Russian climber who was stranded on a mountain in Pakistan for six days.

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"The pilots did an unbelievable job to fly in and out, despite the low cloud, " Mr Roberts said.

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". However, there's a degree of common sense that's got to come into the planning of trips like this, especially if you're solo.

"I think he's probably sat there going over where he went wrong for many hours wondering if this would be the end for him".

More than 30 people are thought to have died around the popular national park surrounding Mount Aspiring in the past decade.

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