British hiker Esther Dingley “slipped in worn shoes and fell 100 feet to her death” – .

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British hiker Esther Dingley “slipped in worn shoes and fell 100 feet to her death” – .


The 37-year-old from Buckinghamshire was an experienced hiker (Photo: Esther and Dan / Facebook)

A British woman has died after losing her footing during a hike in the Pyrenees, according to French investigators.

Esther Dingley, 37, disappeared on a solo walk in November in the Port de la Gléré area, a mountain pass on the border between France and Spain.

Lead investigator Christophe Amunzateguy said she was wearing worn walking shoes and may have dived up to 100 feet into a rock crevice after losing her footing.

She wore La Sportiva hiking boots, rather than a pair of more grippy Kahtoola Microspikes that she had with her.

Mr Amunzateguy suggested that the shoes may have contributed to his downfall, as he said “obviously the soles were a bit slick”.

He said, “The setup of the site very clearly leads us to a drop of about 20 or 30 meters (98.4 feet). “

A source at the investigator’s office said Esther’s death to MailOnline was “a 100% accident”.

“The final report will be drafted, but indeed, the case will be considered closed,” added the source.

The couple had been traveling across Europe for six years (Photo: Facebook)
A selfie Esther took shortly before she went missing in the Pyrenees (Photo: Reuters)

On Monday, Esther’s boyfriend Dan Colegate found her body and hiking kit near where her skull was discovered two weeks ago.

He had taken it upon himself to search the mountains after enduring eight months of agony without knowing what had happened to his partner.

Esther’s search operation was sometimes hampered by poor weather conditions over complicated terrain and had to be canceled in February, before resuming at the end of April.

Criminal investigation technicians from Toulouse were in the mountains today, surveying the scene and trying to find other lost items, including the bright yellow Lanshun ½ Ultralight tent of the Oxford graduate.

As the public prosecutor of St-Gaudens, Mr. Amunzateguy was charged with investigating his death, and is supported by the judicial police and other bodies.

Undated photo released by LBT Global of Esther Dingley who went missing late last year in the Pyrenees.  The human remains found during the search for the British hiker have been confirmed by DNA tests to be his own, the charity LBT Global said.  Issue date: Friday July 30, 2021. PA Photo.  Esther, 37, was walking alone in the mountains near the Spanish and French border and was last seen on November 22.  See the story of PA MISSING Pyrenees.  Photo credit should read: LBT Global / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This document photo may be used only for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people in the image or facts mentioned in the legend.  Reuse of image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Esher, an Oxford graduate, walked solo in the mountains near the Spanish and French border (Photo: PA)
Esther Dingley (Photo : Esther et Dan/Facebook)

She went missing on November 22 (Photo: Esther and Dan)

He said he gave his team “a month to investigate, so they can work in peace and try to find out what happened.”

His office has the power to turn the case into a full-fledged criminal investigation if compelling criminal evidence emerges, but a “tragic accident” currently takes priority.

Esther, from Buckinghamshire, and Dan had been traveling together across Europe since 2014 after quitting their university jobs.

She contacted him around 3:30 pm on November 22 at the Pico Salvaguardia summit at 8,796 feet with a message that said “I love you very much, XXX is having a great time”.

July 23, human remains have been spotted close to Puerto de la Glera on the Spanish side of the mountain by a runner.

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