Not much was known about the 'Bikini Climber', to the outside world, until recently the news of her sudden mysterious death, was all over our timeline. The world is full of rather strange people and we're not going to steal any attention away from her bizarre and strange antics.
A young girl from Taiwan called Gigi Wu, who'd become a local social media sensation with her hiking stories, was also dubbed as the 'bikini climber' by all her limited fans. Why, you ask? That's because she took to the name too literally and would hike around mountain tops clad in just a bikini, obviously, relentlessly trying to make it on top of the mountain, along with a statement or two and a bunch of selfies.
The young climber set out to scale a mountain peak in Taiwan's Yushan National Park and she probably slipped and fell down 65ft, into a ravine. She then used a satellite phone to tell her friend about the fall, probably to seek some help, but unfortunately, when the rescue team arrived there, they just saw her lifeless body. The woman was trying to brave the cold weather conditions while wearing almost nothing, and due to the fall and the weather conditions weighing down on being unbearable, she lost her life.
The rescue helicopter deployed to bring her back up struggled to reach her because of extremely bad weather and it took them about 28-hours to get to her body.
“The weather conditions in the mountains are not good, we have asked our rescuers to move the body to a more open space and after the weather clears we will make a request for a helicopter to bring the body down,” Lin Cheng-yi, an official from the Nantou County Fire and Rescue Services told a local publication, at the place of the incident. Wu had incidentally mentioned her coordinates to her friend when she called in an emergency after the fall.
The string of social media influencers who've dived into the perils of adventure is increasing by the day. Just recently an Indian couple was found at the bottom of a popular cliff at California's Yosemite National Park, after a few hikers alerted the officials about their abandoned camera equipment at the top of the cliff.
The young guns, trying to meet the need for popularity through social media, now days is certainly over the top. The race to enhance any form of validation through these channels is so overpowering, that people don't realise the perils that come along with making a statement like that.
36-year-old Gigi Wu was also headed in that direction and she built a sizeable social-media following, by posting pictures of her on mountain tops, dressed in nothing but a bikini. She would usually wear hike-able clothes to scale the mountains only to change into a bikini when she'd reach the top, to click a photo of herself in it. She's scaled about 100 peaks in 4 years, which I believe is an achievement of some sort, but seriously, not at the cost of your own life?
In an interview to a local publication, she'd mentioned - “I put on a bikini in each one of the 100 mountains. I only have around 97 bikinis so I accidentally repeated some,”. Seriously, that's some true and intense dedication, isn't it? Well, when she was asked why she'd pose in a bikini at the top, she swiftly answered: “It just looks so beautiful, what's not to like?”. Fair enough, but I suppose there are pertinent things to really pay heed to, than pose for pictures in freezing weather, while wearing a bikini!
Here's hoping more hikers like Wu take some serious precautions while scaling mountain tops in freezing weather, to avoid plummeting or freezing to their untimely death!