■ 2015.12.24

Alpinist Kei Taniguchi dead in Hokkaido mountain fall

Alpinist Kei Taniguchi dead in Hokkaido mountain fall

Piolet d'Ore-winning alpinist Kei Taniguchi was found dead on Dec. 22 on a mountain in the snow-covered Daisetsuzan range in central Hokkaido, Kyodo News reported. She apparently slipped and fell soon after scaling 1,984-meter Mount Kuro-dake with four men on Dec. 21., Kyodo reports published in The Japan Times said.

Taniguchi, a member of the Japanese Alpine Club, became the first woman to win the prestigious Piolet d'Ore (Golden Ice Axe) award in 2009.  In 2007, she scaled Mount Everest and vernacular Nikkei Shimbun said on Dec. 22  she was regarded as  "one of the world's most skilled female climbers."