As we feared, the hiker who collapsed in front of us died on the mountain.
From the Wanganui Chronicle:
A Swiss tourist died yesterday morning while walking the Tongariro Crossing.
The 63-year-old man suffered a likely “medical event” and died at the scene as he walked the crossing with his wife, police spokeswoman Sara Stavropoulos said.
Emergency services were called out mid-morning and the man’s body was airlifted away.
A French tourist who was also completing the crossing was able to help translate between the man’s wife and emergency personnel.
The man’s death has been referred to the coroner.
My thoughts are with his family and all the trekkers. Let’s be careful out there and come home safely.