Young man killed in Washington climbing tragedy

West Cape Howe.Credit:Andrew Hallsall

Supt McMurtie said SES and department and fire and emergency crews will perform the recovery.

“The recovery was considered last night, but due to high winds and darkness they were unable to carry it out,” he said.

“It will take a long time at SES today. It’s a very dangerous area.

“This is tragic news for the family…unfortunately the man’s partner was part of the group that had escalated so clearly that she would be upset today.”

According to The Crag, a website where climbers log their activities, Mr Wiltshire was an experienced climber who had completed more than 350 climbs, many of them in the South West and Deep South regions of WA.

He completed 10 ascents at West Cape Howe National Park in 2019 and 2020.

WA Climbers Association President Jiri Stastny paid tribute to Mr Wiltshire on behalf of the climbing community.

“Tom was a talented climber and an outgoing and respected member of the WA climbing community,” he said.

“On behalf of all climbers, the Climbers Association of WA expresses its deepest condolences to Tom’s family, partner and friends at this exceptionally difficult time.”

Virginia F. Goins