An Instagram star known as the “Bikini Hiker”—who was famous for her bikini-clad mountaintop photos—froze to death after falling down a 65-foot ravine earlier this week.
Gigi Wu, a 36-year-old Taiwanese woman, died this week when hiking the Batongguan Historic Trail in Yushan National Park in Taiwan. During her hike, Wu fell down the ravine and survived her injuries. However, she wasn’t able to move and was trapped at the bottom of the gorge. Wu made a distress call on a satellite phone and told her friends she couldn’t move her lower half but was able to get rescuers her coordinates.
The weather turned bad, however, and the rescue plan was hindered—instead of using a helicopter they had to set out on foot. Eventually, 43 hours after her initial fall, Wu’s body was located. According to the news outlet Focus Taiwan, Wu died on Monday and it’s believed the cause of death was hypothermia.
To be clear, there is absolutely no indication that Wu was wearing a bikini at the time of her fall or that her bikini-wearing had anything to do with her death. Interviews with Wu paint a picture of an experienced hiker who made her way up over 100 mountains in full hiking gear before changing into a bikini at the top. When asked why she did so, she said it was simply for the pure beauty of it all.
The mountaintop photos began after she had lost a bet to a friend a few years ago. The snaps started to gain traction online and Wu grew her following to over 20,000 followers. Her last photo on top of a mountain was posted on January 9 of this year.
Rest in Peace, Gigi. At the time this was posted her IG was closed by family.