An Israeli man died in Spain on Sunday while hiking in the scenic mountains in the country’s north, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
The man was identified as 22-year-old Suf Adler, from the central Israel city of Hod Hasharon. He was killed after falling from a ridge on the Rodellar Mountain in the Sierra de Guara mountains.
The Israeli embassy in Spain was working to return Adler’s body home for burial.
Spanish media reports said Adler died Sunday afternoon after falling over 30 meters from a ledge overlooking the Cueva de los Cazadore (Cave of the Hunters). According to the news site 20 Minutos, he was airlifted to a local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving.
Reports said Adler was traveling in a group.
“He was a strong climber, so gifted that I can’t put it into words,” Mickey Marienfeld, a climber who says she has known Adler since he was 14, told Channel 12. “We met at a climbing wall and he decided I was his older sister. We have been close ever since.”
סוף שלי, אחי הקטן המאומץ נהרג אתמול בצהריים במצוק בספרד.אני עוד לא מצליחה לעכל ולהבין , אני רק יודעת שהלב שלי מרוסק.אם יש מטפסים ישראלים שכרגע בספרד בבקשה צרו איתי קשר.
Marienfeld said she didn’t know how a professional climber like Adler fell to his death. “We are trying to find the real reason,” she said, adding that the Foreign Ministry should make sure that a British climber who was with him didn’t leave Spain until the matter was clarified. She claimed his story didn’t add up.
The region of Rodellar is a magnet for rock climbers from all over the world, featuring some of the most challenging and unique rock faces on the planet. The area sees thousands of visitors a year.
The 22-year-old was the fourth Israeli killed in a hiking accident this summer.
Last month, a 30-year-old tourist from Emek Hefer died in southern Germany after falling down a steep rock face while hiking to Adolf Hitler’s infamous “Eagle’s Nest” estate in the Bavarian Alps. Days later, a college student from Haifa died after getting lost on a hike in Ethiopia. In July, an engineer from Haifa fell to his death while guiding a sunrise hike near the Russian-Georgian border.