‘Bikini Climber’, Famous For Selfies On Peaks, Freezes to Death After Fall From Mountain


A Taiwanese woman who described herself as the “Bikini Climber” died of suspected hypothermia after a fall in Nantou County in Taiwan’s Yushan National Park.

The Taiwanese rescue teams were trying to recover the body of a dead hiker who became famous in social networks for taking selfies on the mountain tops dressed in a bikini.

Gigi Wu, nicknamed the “Bikini Climber” by fans, used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell her friends that she had fallen into a ravine in Yushan National Park and that she herself had been injured.

The rescue helicopters struggled to catch up with her due to the inclement weather and officials finally located her lifeless body on Monday.

“The climatic conditions in the mountains are not good, we have asked our rescuers to move the body to a more open space and, once the weather clears, we will request a helicopter to bring down the body,” Lin Cheng-yi, of Fire and Rescue Services of Nantou County, told reporters.

Authorities said Wu had told his friends he could not move the lower half of his body after a fall of about 20-30 meters (65-100 feet), but that he could give him his coordinates.

She is the latest in a series of adventure seekers on social networks that have had an early end.

Last week, the bodies of an Indian couple found themselves at the bottom of a popular viewpoint in California’s Yosemite National Park, after hikers alerted officers about their camera equipment at the top of the cliff.

The native of Taipei City, Wu, 36, built a lot of social networks that followed him through pictures of her on top of the mountains dressed in bikinis.

Usually, he wore hiking clothes to climb the mountains, he only became a bicycle that reached the top.

In an interview with local channel FTV last year, he said he had climbed more than 100 peaks in four years.

“I put on a bikini in each of the 100 mountains, I only have around 97 bikinis, so I accidentally repeated some,” he said.

When asked why she did it, she replied: “She just looks so beautiful, what do I not like?”

While Taiwan is a largely tropical country, it has a thorn of high peaks in its middle that normally exceed 3,000 meters. In the winter, temperatures routinely fall well below the freezing point on the mountain slopes.

Lin said his main rescue team walked for 28 hours to get to the body, only sleeping for three hours because they knew that temperatures were falling rapidly.