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USA tourist dies on popular hike in outback Australia

USA tourist dies on popular hike in outback Australia

"At 5.00pm last night, the man was located deceased at the base of Mount Sonder".

According to Duty Superintendent Rob Burgoyne, "His partner made it back to the Red bank Gorge vehicle park and raised the alarm, but 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", ABC Darwin reported.

The 223km Larapinta Trail is a popular trek through rugged bush west of the city of Alice Springs, where temperatures reached 42C on Wednesday. A Northern Territory police superintendent tells ABC Australia the American did "a very foolish thing" and "ran away from his companion". A search party found his body an hour later, about 400 meters (437 yards) away from where he took the wrong turn.

Police said the man and a 40-year-old companion became separated after they both climbed Mount Sonder, and were on the descent.

"His partner made it back to the Redbank Gorge vehicle park and raised the alarm, but unfortunately the 33 year-old didn't arrive and his body was eventually located about 400 metres down the track where he'd turned the wrong way".

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The Larapinta Trail is a bushwalking track which runs west from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder along the West MacDonnell Ranges.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed Alice Springs reached a top of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, which Duty Superintendent Burgoyne said would have made trekking conditions hard.

A California tourist took a wrong turn and died while hiking with little water in the Australian Outback in triple-digit temperatures.

The U.S. Consulate has since been advised of the American's death and a report is being prepared for the coroner, reported the ABC. A cause of death has not been revealed, but investigators said it was not suspicious.


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