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Australia 'He was always smiling': Australian climbers killed in New Zealand remembered

17:00  07 november  2019
17:00  07 november  2019 Source:   watoday.com.au

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New Zealand police have named two Australians as the men who died after falling hundreds of metres in a horror climbing accident on Wednesday. Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James Harry Spaile, 44, were killed after their ropes were severed during a climb near Queenstown on New Zealand 's

to their deaths after falling hundreds of metres in a horror climbing accident in New Zealand Australian climbers fell during a climb through the Remarkables mountain range A first responder said the climbers ' ropes may have been severed by sharp rocks Two Australians have died after plunging hundreds of metres from a mountain in New Zealand

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A Canberra businessman has been remembered for his enthusiasm and adventurous spirit after he died in a horrific climbing accident alongside a fellow Australian in New Zealand.

Local police have named Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, from Canberra, and James Harry Spaile, 44, from Jerrabomberra, as the two climbers who fell hundreds of metres to their deaths on the treacherous Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown on Wednesday.

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Mr Hamlet added of Mr Davidson: " He was always smiling , always happy to be out in the mountains. He said: "I remember at the time being impressed by his super enthusiastic attitude for all things mountain and climbing related. Simon Yearsley, who climbed new routes with Mr Davidson in Glen Coe, described his friend as someone More on this story. Two climbers killed in Glen Coe.

Both men were experienced climbers, active in the Canberra Climbers' Association, and their deaths have left the community in shock as tributes begin to flow in.

In a statement, Mr Lentfer's family thanked New Zealand police, rescuers and all those who helped in recovery efforts.

"It is with great sadness that we farewell Brett - a beloved husband, father and brother," they said.

Police are treating the deaths as an accident and one of the first rescuers on the scene said it appeared the men's ropes had been cut on a sharp rock.

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Two Australians have been killed in a climbing accident in New Zealand . New Zealand Police today named the men as Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James First responder Chris Prudden, of the Queenstown mountain rescue team, said it appeared the climber 's rope had been cut on sharp rocks.

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The pair were roped together and navigating a challenging route near the Double Cone summit along with a guide, who was unharmed in the fall.

Chris Prudden, an experienced climber of Mountain Rescue, was the first person to view the scene after the alarm was raised. He told local reporters climbing conditions on the mountain were good at the time but it was a punishing terrain.

"It's very steep on either side. The only way off it is to go across it," he said.

"It's a guide's worst nightmare when things become unstuck."

Armando Corvini taught Mr Lentfer to climb on the white rock cliffs along the Queanbeyan river more than six years ago.

"He was always smiling, he had the best smile and he was so energetic," Mr Corvini said.

"It's such a shock. Brett climbed all around the world, the Italian Alps, New Zealand more than once. He would tease me about the places he'd gone, he'd say 'keep up'."

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"His name was well-known in climbing circles and he 's done a lot of climbing throughout New Zealand ," Gaskin told Fairfax New Zealand . The climbers , who were found roped together, were believed to have fallen from near where they were camping close to the top of the 3 300m Mount

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Mr Corvini, who says mountaineering is in his DNA, recalled suffering damage to one of his own ropes once on a climb in New Zealand but said a complete break was unusual.

"Those ropes are strong, they can carry weight of more than two tonnes before they break, they're hard to cut," he said.

One body was recovered on Wednesday, and the second retrieved following a helicopter search early on Thursday morning.

Both men's families are receiving Australian consular assistance and have requested privacy.

At 2307 metres, the Double Cone peak is higher than any mountain on the Australian mainland and has seen a number of rescues in recent years.

Mr Corvini said he had seen the change in conditions on New Zealand's mountain tops over the years as global warming started to eat away at the ice.

"You used to put your axe into ice, now it's soft snow and [in some places like] Mount Cook the freezing point is above the summit."

Both deaths will be referred to the coroner.

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