Lt Terry Harch has been rescued from Mount Aspiring and flown to Dunedin Hospital.
Four Alpine Cliff Rescue team members spent the night with the 29-year-old on Quarterdeck pass, before a brief window of good conditions allowed their extraction this afternoon.
Pictured: Highly skilled volunteer prepares to evacuate Australian climber from Mount Aspiring today. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun
The rescue team, who had been dropped with the lieutenant yesterday, provided warm clothing, tents, food and were well-equipped with emergency gear to keep the party dry and warm for their last night on the mountain. Two more members of the highly skilled volunteer group also spent time on the mountain in nearby French Ridge hut.
Lt Harch had spent several nights on the mountain sheltering from the freezing wind and sub zero temperature sheltering in a bergschrund, well above the permanent snow line of 1200m.
Pictured above: Aspiring Helicopters pilot James Ford packs up gear in preparation for the extraction of Lt Harch from Quarterdeck Pass. Photos: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun
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