Two rock climbers killed in remote area of Flinders Ranges

Two rock climbers killed in remote area of Flinders Ranges

The bodies of two rock climbers have been discovered at a popular but remote rock-climbing location in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.

Emergency crews were called to the Moonarie climbing area in Wilpena Pound on Sunday afternoon when two men from Adelaide did not return to their camp.

According to police, their bodies were later found dead in the area. Both are believed to have fallen to their deaths.

An operation to recover the bodies began on Monday morning, with SA Police Special Tasks and Rescue being assisted by local patrols and State Emergency Service volunteers.

Police are investigating the deaths and will prepare a report for the coroner.

“The two guys involved — just amazing individuals and really unique [and] wonderful characters in the South Australian community as well, and they’ll be sorely missed,” experienced climber Rob Baker said.

Moonarie is about 40 kilometres northeast of Hawker, and is a popular rock-climbing destination due to its natural beauty and challenging terrain.

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