Lonely Planet author's body found


The body of the missing Australian hiker, the 47-year-old Melbourne man Andrew Clem Lindenmayer, has been found on July 19 by local villagers nearby Upper Riwuqie (Shang Riwuqie) of 4600m on Mt. Minya Konka (Mt. Gongga / Gongga Shan) in south-west China's Sichuan Province.

Clem went missing in early May when hiking in the Minya Konka area. Rescuers searched for him for more than one month before his body was found a few days ago. At present, the local police are investigating Clem's accurate death time and the cause of his death. The Foreign Affairs Office of Ganzi Prefecture and Kangding County government are waiting for the dead's family members and the Australian Beijing embassy personnel come to consult the cremation of Clem's remains.

After Clem's death news was confirmed, the Foreign Affairs Office of Ganzi Prefecture  warned all outdoor enthusiasts coming to this region again and hoped they can always hike with companions and be more disciplined to make registration before heading to high altitude areas. 

Mr. Clem Lindenmayer contributed to Lonely Planet from 1992 to 2003. Lonely Planet CEO Judy Slatyer said the company was extremely saddened by Mr Lindenmayer's death.

"He made a tremendous contribution to many people's travels and his own joy of travel was an inspiration to us all," Ms Slatyer said.

"Clem was instrumental in introducing Lonely Planet travellers to the natural world.

"Our hearts are with his family."

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said an Australian consular official from Beijing was in the Gonga Shan area assisting with local formalities, while consular assistance was being provided to Mr Lindenmayer's family in Australia.

Original Source: Xinhua News, www.theage.com.au

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