Award-winning climber slips to death on Japanese mountain

Kei Taniguchi

The first woman to win the prestigious Piolet d’Or (Golden Ice Axe) mountaineering award, in 2009, has died while climbing in Japan. Kei Taniguchi, 43, was found dead on Tuesday on a mountain in the Daisetsuzan range, having apparently slipped and fallen after scaling 6,509-foot Mount Kuro with four men on Monday.

Her companions said she had untied herself from them in order to wash, before disappearing. Marks in the snow indicated she had slipped and her gloves were found nearby.

Read the full story at Japan Times.


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