( 4UMF NEWS ) Missing U.S. Climbers Found Dead:
Searchers on Saturday found the bodies of two U.S. mountaineers who apparently plunged to their deaths off a ridge after ascending a glacier-capped 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) Peruvian peak, the rescue coordinator said.
“They did summit and they got into trouble on the way down,” said coordinator Ted Alexander. “What led to the fall, I cannot tell you now.”
“Unfortunately, they died whenever they fell because they had been there long in the snow,” he said from the nearby town of Huaraz, where he runs a guide business.
He said a private plane had helped the three-person search team piece together what might have happened. He said he would have a better idea of how the climbers died after examining photos taken by rescuers on-site.
Both belong to the pullharder.org climbers’ collective and Horne wrote about the first, six-day leg of their trip on its blog, saying they had been buffeted by hurricane-force winds when the two reached the top of the 20,216-foot (6,162-meter) Ranrapalca.
After a rest in Huaraz, the two set out again on July 11 for an excursion of seven to 10 days. Their families contacted Alexander after 13 days passed with no word from them.
Weiss’s sister, Galit, said the two were not carrying a satellite phone.
Alexander said it should not be too difficult to remove the bodies and hoped they could be out on Sunday.
“We’ll use manpower to get them down and try to put them on a horse as soon as possible,” he said.