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Tourist on sweltering hike dies in Outback

World | Jan 12, 2018
An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites.

The 33-year-old Californian had been walking the popular Larapinta Trail about 160 kilometers west of Alice Springs in central Australia with another man, when they became separated on Wednesday.

"His partner made it back to the Redbank Gorge carpark and raised the alarm," said Northern Territory Duty Superintendent Rob Burgoyne. "Unfortunately the 33-year-old didn't arrive and his body was eventually located about 400 meters down the track where he'd turned the wrong way." Police do not believe the death to be suspicious, although heat and exposure were likely contributing factors, police superintendent for the southern desert, Jody Nobbs, said.

A snake bite, or a fall, were other possible causes under investigation, he added.

Temperatures in the area reached 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The Larapinta Trail website lists over exertion as one of the greatest risks to hikers due to the potential for dehydration.

The men had hiked 16km before they were separated on a path that afforded little shade and were carrying limited supplies of water, according to police.

"We live in a beautiful but harsh environment," Nobbs said.


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