Friends missing on Palcaraju


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Social climber
State of decay
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 26, 2012 - 10:29am PT
From Ted at Skyline Adventure School
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ben Horne and Gil Weis, two missing climbers who were attempting the South Face of Palcaraju and are overdue by 5 days. Our team of rescuers is up on the glacier this morning doing a preliminary search. At 7am this morning they found the climbers tent and are now searching the surrounding area."
Please send out your good thoughts and prayers to Gill, Ben and families and friends. I will up date when I get more news. Hoping against hope, this is sad news.
The upper summit area of Palcaraju from the west.
The upper summit area of Palcaraju from the west.
Credit: TYeary
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:35am PT
Damn. Hoping this turns out ok.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:35am PT
Rough news. I hope that they are still alive.

Toyota Tacoma
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:36am PT
Not good news, hoping for the best outcome though. Ted is the man down there when it comes to organizing rescues, they have that going for them.

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:37am PT
Sending out all the best energy I can muster.
Hoping for a positive outcome.

"My god - it's full of stars!"
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:39am PT
Damn. Wishing them Joe Simpson luck.

Social climber
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:59am PT
hey there say,.... i will surely be praying...

thanks for passing the word, for them, so we can...

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jul 26, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Ben is a great strong guy. Hope they are hiking out from the other side and will be safe shortly.

Trad climber
San Diego
Jul 26, 2012 - 02:17pm PT
im waiting to hear, "they were spotted running hill repeats on the far side of the mountain".
Chugach Man

Anchorage / San Diego
Jul 26, 2012 - 03:08pm PT
All the best to Gil and Ben, and thank you Ted for going out looking for them.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 26, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
This can't be happening. Sending all of my thoughts, hope, and prayers your way fellas!!

San Diego
Jul 26, 2012 - 03:36pm PT
Thank you for posting up. All my best thoughts for Ben and Gil.
Doug Tomczik

Jul 26, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
Thank you to those giving so much energy whether that's searching or sending positive thoughts.

Ben, you still didn't respond to my comment...when are we moving in? We have lots of evening sets waiting and alpine missions!

El Portal
Jul 26, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
"I sit here in a coffee shop in Huaraz, Peru, planning another foray into the Cordillera Blanca, where the sense that one’s life is in the hands of the mountains can be as blinding as the endless white glaciers, and a thirst for glory can darken our better judgment more than the blackness of night."

From Gil's most recent post on pullharder, regarding the death of Michael Ybarra.

My thoughts are with you, guys.
noriko nakagawa

Trad climber
eldorado springs co
Jul 26, 2012 - 04:50pm PT
Ugh, not 2 more. Hoping for your safe return, Ben and Gil.


Trad climber
Mountain View
Jul 26, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
Fight hard to get home guys. We all want you back!


Social climber
State of decay
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
As of right now, there isn't anything new to report. We are just hanging in there. It has been cold and a bit windy. The south faces were loose and slightly loaded from small but recent snow fall. keeping a light in the widow guys. TY

Trad climber
Santa Monica, CA
Jul 26, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
Sitting in La Casa De Zarela right now in Huaraz Peru. Just heard the news from Tony. I talked with Gil the night before he left. We were wondering why they hadnt gotten back to town. Such terrible news. My hopes are with them.

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Jul 26, 2012 - 05:53pm PT
Pullin' and prayin' for them. Stay strong.


Trad climber
Jul 26, 2012 - 06:00pm PT
Credit: Scott_Nelson

Credit: Scott_Nelson

Credit: Scott_Nelson

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