A Tokyo woman who was climbing in the Northern Alps slipped from a 2,400-meter-high mountain ridge and fell to her death on Monday, police said.
Akiko Hashimoto, 60, was hiking on a ridge between Mt Okuhotaka-dake, which crosses the Nagano-Gifu border, and Mt Nishiokuhotaka-dake, when she slipped and fell on the Gifu side of the mountain at around 1:15 p.m., police said. A fellow climber notified authorities, and a helicopter crew located Hashimoto's body about five hours after the accident.
According to police, Hashimoto and four friends had set out hiking on Sunday from the Nagano side of the mountain. The group had just exited a snowy valley and walked about 400 meters when Hashimoto fell.© News reports