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Body Of US Climber Found:UPDATED


Submitted by socialclimber on 2006-12-29

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The Seattle Times has reported that one body has been found on Genyen Peak at 5750m The body has been confirmed as that of one of the two American climbers missing since early November but as yet, the individual has not been identified.

Christine Boskoff and her partner, Charlie Fowler had not been heard from since November 7th. In it's early stages, the search had been complicated by a lack of solid information regarding the pairs intentions.

The break through came just before Christmas when searchers found some luggage left in the care of a Chinese man whom Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler had hired as a driver in early November. The luggage was found in Lamaya, a remote village in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The new discovery lead searchers to focus on the nearby 6,204 Genyen Mountain

28/12/06 The body found has been confirmed as that of Charlie Fowler. From the position of the body, searchers believe he as swept off the mountain by an avalanche. Fowler was wearing a heavy pack containing the pairs food, tent and sleeping bags. He was not wearing a harness or tied into a rope.

Fowler and Boskoff were not roped together, and so the search continues. About 30 searchers spent the day searching for Boskoff by probing the snow using long fiberglass poles. There is a chance the search may be called off in the face of increased avalanche risk.

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 basecamp
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 2006-12-28
The body they found is that of Charlie Fowler. They are assuming that Christine Boskoff has also died.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/12/28/climber.identified.ap/index.html

My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.
 elmbnl
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 2006-12-28
If you would like to donate money to the search go to http://www.mountainmadness.com/news/cbcf.cfm
 colotopian
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 2006-12-30
"Climbing tragedy leads group to organize Web site help"

Durango Herald
December 30, 2006
By Ted Holteen

In the wake of the deaths of mountain climbers Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff in China, the climbing community is uniting to ensure that future adventurers around the globe won't suffer a similar fate.

The Mountain Fund, a New Mexico-based nonprofit, has established Climb-Aid, the climber's alert network, to provide assistance and information to the friends and families of missing climbers worldwide[...]

http://www.durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/06/news061230_3.htm

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