Instagram Star Known As 'Bikini Hiker' Dies of Hypothermia After Falling Off Mountain (Video)
A social media star famous for taking photos on top of mountains in a bikini has died after a tragic fall.
According to Newsweek, Gigi Wu, also known as the “Bikini Hiker” or “Bikini Climber,” depending on translation, was famous for her stunning photos on social media. Wu would climb to tops of mountainous peaks and document her adventures in an unconventional way: by always appearing in her photos in a bikini.
On Saturday, however, Wu was found dead by rescue workers after falling about 65 feet into a valley near Mabolasi Mountain in Taiwan’s Yushan National Park, Newsweek reported. She had been on a solo hike for eight days, according to Buzzfeed News.
Wu had contacted friends via satellite phone on Jan. 19 just after her fall, according to Taiwan News. This was the last contact she had with anyone before her death.
According to the South China Morning Post, she told her friends that she had fallen and could not move the lower half of her body, but she was unable to tell them exactly where she had fallen. Due to bad weather conditions, rescue workers were unable to locate Wu in time before she eventually succumbed to hypothermia. Workers found her body close to where her distress beacon was activated, around 5,577 feet above sea level, according to Newsweek.
“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 of the Nantou County Fire and Rescue Services told the South China Morning Post.
Even though she is famous for her bikini photos, the South China Morning Post reported that Wu usually hiked to the top of peaks in normal hiking gear and then changed into a bikini when she reached the top. She originally started taking pictures after losing a bet to a friend, for which her punishment was taking a photo in a bikini on top of a mountain, according to Newsweek.
Of course, wearing the appropriate gear while hiking is extremely important for safety, and so is checking weather forecasts before you go. And in a time when selfie deaths are not all too uncommon, it's important to always remain alert and follow safety precautions even when searching for the perfect shot.
According to Buzzfeed News, Wu regularly posted her photos on Facebook to some 30,000 fans. There is also a legacy page (an option for Facebook users who have passed away), where fans have been posting tributes to her memory.