Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘Bikini hiker’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall in Taiwan

Taiwanese hiker and social media star, Gigi Wu, has died during a solo trek in Taiwan’s Yushan National Park.

Wu (36), who was famous for posing in bikinis on mountain summits, fell into a 20m-deep ravine.

She managed to call emergency services using a satellite phone on Saturday but, according to Taiwan News, efforts to rescue Wu were hampered by bad weather.

A rescue helicopter attempted to reach wu three times before a rescue team was sent out on foot.

Her body was found on Monday. It is thought she died from hypothermia after temperatures had been around freezing on Sunday night.

An experienced hiker, she appeared to use proper equipment and procedure on expeditions.

Wu, built up a sizeable social media following through photos of herself at the top of mountains dressed in bikinis.

She usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.

In an interview with local channel FTV last year, she said she had scaled more than 100 peaks in four years.

Information Source www.irishtimes.com, www.telegraph.co.uk
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