Falling stones kill 1 Georgian climber near Mt. Kazbegi
Falling stones have killed one local mountain climber whose body was on Sunday transported back to the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi, according to local media reports.
The Rustavi2 television station said the deceased climber, Zurab Ebanoidze, had died near a village in the Kazbegi area, Xinhua reported.
Local wire service InterPressNews said that the deceased was 24 years old and had been climbing the Caucasus mountains for many years.
Zurab Ebanoidze got killed while trying to ascend Mount Javakhishvili, one of the hardest to surmount in the area.
Others who accompanied Zurab Ebanoidze on the ascent were not hurt.
Professional local rescuers had to rush to the area because some members of the Zurab Ebanoidze's alpine group had been trapped by the falling stones late on Saturday.
Border guards and local residents also joined the rescue effort.
Sandwiched between the major and minor Caucasus mountain ranges, Georgia has been attracting mountain and rock climbers, pro and amateurs alike.
At 5,033 meters above sea level, Mount Kazbegi is Europe's highest mountain peak.