LIMA - Bodies of 3 American mountaineers found
A Peruvian rescue team has found the bodies of three young American mountaineers killed during an icy climb high in the Andes mountains, authorities said Monday.
A 15-member team located Kristen Yoder, 21, her brother Dustin Yoder, 23, and Brennan Larson, 24, on Sunday afternoon in a 100-foot-deep crevasse on the Artesonraju peak.
The bodies were being evacuated Monday in a long descent down the mountain that was expected to last into the night.
The three climbers disappeared last week about 2,000 feet from the 19,682-foot summit of the glacier-covered mountain in the Cordillera Blanca range. Authorities said the three climbers were on a treacherous route without a guide.
Why would 3 young people attempt to climb a treacherous glacier covered mountain without a guide? My sympathy to their families...it was a very foolish decision and such an unnecessary loss.
The article does not make mention of their climbing experience. If I were to guess, they were probably very experienced climbers who sadly perished in a tragic accident. Climbing is by it's a very nature an extremely dangerous endeavor and I'm sure these people were aware of the dangers. I'm not defending their decision to not have a guide, but judging by the size of the mountain and the route they were climbing, I don't think this was a case of some idiots heading into the woods with a 12-pack and disappearing.
I'm only aware of the realties of this type of climbing of late, as my hometown recently lost one of its own:
On May 14th, alpine climbers Sue Nott and Karen McNeill started up the Infinite Spur on Mt. Foraker in the Alaska Range. No one has seen them since they began climbing 26 days ago. Their plan was to climb this extremely difficult 9,400-foot route to Foraker’s 17,400-foot summit and then descend the Sultan Ridge. Expecting to be down by the 24th, they took 10 days’ worth of food and a little more fuel. The Denali National Park Service launched an aerial search on June 1st with a Lama helicopter. The search continues, now aided by fixed-wing planes, but it has been difficult due to bad weather and cloud cover. The 2nd day of searching revealed Nott’s backpack, and other items including a jacket and a glove were spotted during later flyovers. The NPS also spotted footprints at 16,400 feet. Both of these climbers have years of experience in the Alaska Range and elsewhere in the world. Two years ago, Sue and Karen climbed Denali’s difficult Cassin Ridge in poor conditions.
True, the article did not mention how experienced they were. However, the young lady that perished was only 21 years old and the other two were not much older than that. I'm wondering just how much experience one could have at that age. It's not like mountaineering was all they did for x number of years. Schooling would have to have taken up a lot of their time. You say that Sue and Karen were Alpine climbers who had years of experience in the Alaska Range as well as well as elsewhere in the world. I would be interested to know how old they were? It doesn't sound like their story is going to have a happy ending either...very sad.
Here are their pics...sad. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13691477/