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Body found of United States tourist who went missing on Larapinta Trail

Body found of United States tourist who went missing on Larapinta Trail”

The 223km Larapinta Trail is a popular trek through rugged bush west of the city of Alice Springs, where temperatures reached 42C on Wednesday.

The deceased man and his 40-year-old companion set out on the 10-mile trek to the Mount Sonder summit and back on Wednesday morning, Police Superintendent Rob Burgoyne told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The man set out to climb the Mount Sonder, the highest point in the Larapinta trail, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday local time (6 p.m. EST Tuesday) and was found dead at 5 pm, 750 meters away from a vehicle park near Redbank George, BBC reported.

An American man has died while hiking in central Australia after taking a wrong turn.

The man's 40-year-old hiking companion told police the 33-year-old had run ahead of him as they descended the mountain.

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.

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"Investigations are ongoing, however, police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death", Sen Sgt Potts said.

'It wouldn't be a terribly advisable thing to do in 40-degree heat - to actually sprint away'.

The final section of the trail that the men were walking is a steep, rocky incline with very little to no tree shade to help reduce heat exposure, reported the ABC.

"It's nearly physically impossible to put back the fluids that you're going to lose as quickly as you're losing them, and unfortunately people become dehydrated very rapidly before even realising that it's even happening", said Day.

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

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, police said on Thursday.



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