News Mountain Madness
posted by December 28 at 9:04 AMon
It’s not good news. From the NYT:
A body believed to be that of one of two American climbers missing in China for more than a month has been found high on a 20,354-foot peak in an isolated part of Sichuan Province, searchers said Wednesday. The search continued for the second climber, who is also presumed to have perished.
The missing climbers, Christine Boskoff, 39, and Charlie Fowler, 52, are elite mountaineers who have reached the summit of many of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. People in the United States last heard from them Nov. 8….
“It was a leg that was protruding through the snow,” Mr. Jones said. “The ID is only that it is a gray boot, a blue gaiter and modern mountaineering equipment.” A gaiter is worn over a climber’s upper boot and lower leg.
He said that searchers felt certain the body they had found was one of the missing American climbers because of the equipment with the body and because monks in a monastery a few thousand feet below had reported meeting the climbers on Nov. 12.
“At that point they indicated they would be coming back to the monastery in about four days and, of course, they didn’t,” Mr. Jones said.