The remains of the body found on Mt Aspiring two weeks ago are believed to be those of Australian Terry Jordan (30).
The remains were found by trampers and retrieved by a Wānaka search and rescue team.
Jordan was a member of the Canberra Bushwalking Club and went missing with his climbing partner Marc Weinstein 42 years ago while attempting to climb Mt Aspiring in December 1978.
The two experienced climbers were a week overdue in Wānaka after having last been seen at French Ridge Hut.
A newspaper report said on December 17, 1978, that searchers had found a body and two backpacks at the base of the south-west ridge of Mt Aspiring.
On December 26, 1978, it was reported that Weinstein’s body had been recovered.
Police at the time, said then they held no hopes for Jordan’s survival and it was likely he had fallen down a crevice or been covered by avalanche debris.
Jordan was a former geologist turned librarian and was employed by the Australian National University at the time. Weinstein, an American living in Australia, had just completed the first year of a geology course at the same university.
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