Climbers Missing in Chengdu, China
by andrew allport
Jonny Copp, Micah Dash and Wade Johnson were on Mount Edgar (6818 meters/22,368 feet) on the Minya Konka massif, Western Sichuan Province, China. They embarked from base camp on May 20, 2009. There hasn’t been any contact with the climbers since. For more info and to donate to the search fund, please visit here.
On June 4, 2009, a small party of experienced climbers, organized through the Sichuan Mountaineering Association, arrived in “base camp” and are preparing to continue up to the “advanced base camp” to gather information. Search efforts are being professionally coordinated by friends and colleagues in Boulder and more climbers from China and the US are being deployed to the area. Developing information will be shared as soon as it is available.
“We’re taking all the necessary steps to gather information about the climbers’ whereabouts and haven’t identified any complications beyond their lateness. Although we’re concerned, in alpine climbing it’s not unusual to for climbers to be delayed or out of contact for this long. We are still hopeful,” says Robb Shurr, spokesperson for the search effort.
This search operation will be costly and any financial assistance that can be made will be incredibly helpful in terms of mounting the best search and rescue operation possible. Please donate to the search fund now.
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|Here's the link with the update. Jonny Copp's body has been found and identified; the search continues for Wade and Micah: http://www.rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=2153367;page=unread#unread|
|There is much more info at mountainproject.com also links to the up to date info...|