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Posted: August 28, 2016

Woman survives nearly 30 days stranded in the mountains

Czech tourist Pavlina Pizova attends a press conference at a police station in Queenstown, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Pizova, whose partner fell to his death, survived a harrowing month in the frozen New Zealand wilderness before being rescued, police said. (James Allan/New Zealand Herald via AP)
Czech tourist Pavlina Pizova attends a press conference at a police station in Queenstown, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Pizova, whose partner fell to his death, survived a harrowing month in the frozen New Zealand wilderness before being rescued, police said. (James Allan/New Zealand Herald via AP)

By Lindsey Pulse

A Czech woman was stranded in the New Zealand mountains for nearly 30 days before being rescued.

Pavlina Pižova  traveled to New Zealand with her partner in late July for a hike on the Routeburn Track. Only days into the journey, the pair got lost due to extreme snowfall and winter conditions.

"As you can imagine, the last month was harrowing for me and my and my partner's families," she said at a news conference.

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Pižova's partner, Ondrej Petr, reportedly fell off the trail they were hiking and died. His body was recovered Friday.

Pižova continued on her own, hoping to find shelter.

"During this time, I was extremely cold, exhausted and my feet were frozen," she said.

The 33-year-old spent two days in the open before she found a warden's hut along Lake Mackenzie. She said there were avalanches outside and knew it was best to stay under cover.

Before the trip, the pair didn't tell anyone of their hiking plans and didn't take a personal locator beacon, which Pižova said was a mistake.

Authorities found Pižova on Wednesday. She thanked her rescuers at a news conference the following day.


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