Climbers' bodies to be recovered from Mt Silberhorn

Climbers' bodies to be recovered from Mt Silberhorn

Rescuers will attempt to recover the bodies of two missing climbers in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park after they were spotted at the bottom of a mountain face.

The pair, who police described as "experienced and capable" mountaineers were last heard from in a radio call on December 28.

They were found on the eastern slopes of Mt Silberhorn and were camping high in the mountain.

Searchers managed to find the bodies this morning, though it is unknown what happened to the climbers.

Area Commander Dave Gaskin says the pair have fallen a "considerable distance".

He says while the recovery of the bodies isn't immediately possible because of the amount of rock and ice debris falling off the mountain, they'll try to retrieve the pair later today when the sun leaves the face.

Police say no other information about who the climbers are will be released until they carry out more enquiries to identify them formally.

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