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Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 14, 2006 - 01:29pm PT
Just read on on Alpinst.com

Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff are missing in Tibet. Details at

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/ALP18/newswire-charlie-fowler-christine-boskoff-missing-tibet

Lambone

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Dec 14, 2006 - 01:31pm PT
f*#k

Charlie and Christine taught me self rescue in Leavenworth Wa, they were a couple of really cool people.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 14, 2006 - 01:39pm PT
A very unfortunate piece of news! I hope that it is not the last word and that they are alright after all. I will be thinking about them and wishing them strength to overcome their situation and come home safely. Charlie's judgement has always been sound so I hope it works out this time too.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Dec 14, 2006 - 01:57pm PT
Not good. What a great guy.
goatboy smellz

climber
boulder county
Dec 14, 2006 - 01:58pm PT
This is disturbing news. Let's hope for the best.
deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Dec 14, 2006 - 02:03pm PT
This would be truly tragic news if they are in fact lost. But it seems there's still a good chance they're just late. Let's hope.

It's not easy to travel or communicate in the Tibet outback.
Juanito

Social climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 14, 2006 - 02:12pm PT
I got the email this morning from Alpinist about the fund for search expenses set up by Telluride MountainFilm. Does anybody know about this? How will the money be used? How will it get to those searching for them?

This is sad news... I never met Charlie Fowler but he was one of those mythic figures that guided my early climbing career.

John
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Dec 14, 2006 - 02:58pm PT
Not that anyone deserves this, but Charlie is one of the funist and funnyest guys to climb and hang with ever, and I am sending all the positive vibes I can mortgage in his direction. Hopefully this will be just another great story.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 14, 2006 - 03:00pm PT
Well I guess the word's out.
I was asked to keep quiet about it early this week, but was gratified to hear that Telluride resident Norman Schwarzkoff was on the case.

It does not look good.

I've been friends with Charlie for most of our lives. He's not one to go awol.
Chris and Charlie came and stayed for some climbing in Zion not long ago. We spoke of their Everest trip with Rod. Then N0_ONE came over met them. and watched a flick with us. Good times.
Two months ago word came of Rod being killed in Iraq.

This fall has already seen our ranks thinned far too much.

For days my mind has been reeling with the infinite possible explanations, but I am left with the conclusion that the cost of our adrenaline addiction may be too high. The trouble is the cost of not living life to the hilt is greater.

I am hopefull that they have been merely delayed.

If anybody ANYBODY has gotten an email or other communication from them in less than three weeks please speak up.
Many people are worried.
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Dec 14, 2006 - 03:00pm PT
Let's hope they are just freelancing around the area. I doubt anyone just vanishes without a trace, even in Tibet.

May they find the pair safe.

JL
10b4me

Trad climber
California
Dec 14, 2006 - 03:19pm PT
sorry to hear this.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Dec 14, 2006 - 03:20pm PT
I sure hope they got delayed by weather or ...whatever, as long as they return. It would most unfortunate if they remain missing. It's hard when the sport loses one of it's brightest lights.

I pray for their return.

Levy
N0_ONE

Social climber
Utah
Dec 14, 2006 - 03:43pm PT
Yeah Ron that was fun. Both Charlie and Chris were great to hangout with. I look forward to getting to know them better in the future.

I pray for their return also.
Ain't no flatlander

climber
Dec 14, 2006 - 04:00pm PT
Dammit, this sucks...way too many friends lost this year! I worked with Charlie at Neptunes ages ago. Hung with Chris at Everest base too. Really hoping they're both okay.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Dec 14, 2006 - 05:50pm PT
We will see what we will see. Charlie is one of the most capable survivors ever, he told the other guys to give him up for dead in that 1000'+ slide where he lost his toes a while back. If anyone could make it, it's him, but he is as realistic as anyone can be.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Goleta, California
Dec 14, 2006 - 07:13pm PT
Ugh... saw the best sunrise of my life with Charlie in 96... don't know how ten years could've gone by so fast. Still remember that like it was yesterday. Hopefully he and Chris are just crawling out.
slobmonster

Trad climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 14, 2006 - 08:28pm PT
Living in Telluride, I used to sit in a local coffee hangout, swilling and chatting with Charlie. Everyone was so happy when he & Chris got together... they seemed to really appreciate each other, complement each others' strengths, and share an inimitable motivation. That they have each other is in their favor, right now.
TYeary

Mountain climber
Calif.
Dec 14, 2006 - 09:04pm PT
Wishing for the best and putting out all the best vibes I can.
We could all use some good news this season.
Tony
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Dec 14, 2006 - 10:05pm PT
I'm very, very sorry to hear this news. Tracy told me about it in the gym tonight. I hope word from the field comes in at some point.
john hansen

climber
Dec 14, 2006 - 10:07pm PT
I've been reading this guy's reports in the American Alpine Journal for years. Lets hope we haven't lost another.. its a dangerous game .
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 14, 2006 - 10:20pm PT
Hopefully Charlie will show up in a few days.

Climbed with him in the early 80's in the Boulder area. Wishing my best for him to pull this one out.
JohnHemlock

Mountain climber
CO
Dec 14, 2006 - 11:37pm PT
Being 2 weeks overdue in Western China is like being 20 minutes overdue for dinner. Here's hoping they just decided to enjoy an extended vacation!
Fry Guy

Trad climber
Bondale, CO
Dec 15, 2006 - 12:14am PT
If there is one climber I've always looked up to and wanted to some day sit down and shoot the sh#t with it's Charlie. Just seems like a kind soul with a heart of gold and a damn good climber on all sides of the board. The kind of person we should all strive to be. Hope we hear from them soon.

Maybe the midget will bring them back, eh Gregory:-)
-Ryan Jennings
ladd

Trad climber
off coarsegold
Dec 15, 2006 - 12:25am PT
ohhh no.. come back charlie..
hashbro

Trad climber
Not in Southern California
Dec 15, 2006 - 12:36am PT
Hoping for your safe return Charlie and Christine.
Oli

Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Dec 15, 2006 - 01:49am PT
Charlie is a tough guy. He is also a free spirit. He might well have had a mood to take a strange turn up some valley or onto a ridge. Of the several hundred climbs I've done with him, I've always found him to be an utterly cool head and precise... not likely to make some kind of fundamental blunder. Let's let time play it out and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat Ament
Anguish

Mountain climber
Jackson Hole Wyo.
Dec 15, 2006 - 01:53pm PT
Mountain friends,
All these posts are in good spirit, but I think we need action. There have been troubling things happening along the Tibetan border, underscored this fall's video showing would-be refugees gunned down by Chinese troops near Cho Oyu. Our community must bring this missing persons report to the attention of the State Department so Charlie's and Christine's name are on an official agenda. I am urging Phil Powers and the AAJ to become immediately involved, and have sent an e-mail to Al Read (Exum), currently out of the country, for any contact information he might have. Any other ideas for action, please get in touch with me: angus@jhnewsandguide.com. I'm not certain we should be at the point of mourning as much as investigating. Please write with ideas
Angus Thuermer
Jackson Hole
Anguish

Mountain climber
Jackson Hole Wyo.
Dec 15, 2006 - 02:45pm PT
More info on Rock and Ice. Apparently international contact/efforts are underway.
AT
jnut

climber
Dec 15, 2006 - 04:25pm PT
just added to the nytimes website:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/15/world/asia/15cnd-china.html?hp&ex=1166245200&en=519b6882a6f6c23b&ei=5094&partner=homepage
Jimmy Dunn

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 16, 2006 - 11:08am PT
Charlie~
You and Christine come home safe, and Charlie, then you can tell me about Tibet. We've always had tons of good fun and good climbs. I miss you. Your friend, Jimmy
Tridemtnr

climber
Telluride, CO
Dec 16, 2006 - 11:45am PT
Ron O, if you read this, call me. Been trying to get you for days... Terry @ Telluride Mountaineer 970.728.6736. Important!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 16, 2006 - 12:34pm PT
Got it.



Please people,
if you want to help out DO NOT mail contributions to the search fund.

IT TAKES TOO LONG.


Funds must be wire transfered.
deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Dec 16, 2006 - 05:48pm PT
bump. Better keep this one up high.

It's starting to sound serious.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 16, 2006 - 06:43pm PT
Yikes! That sounds dire. What an incredibly remote region. I met Charlie once when he went zooming past me down the East Ledges of El Cap, showing me the Better Way down.

Hopes and prayers from Pete
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 16, 2006 - 09:26pm PT
This time of year people are pretty strapped, but I'll be waiting at the bank door to wire three grand to the search effort (detailed info available in this thread).
The time to help is NOW or not at all.

Damon Johnston is co-ordinating the effort. Before I give contact info please note that he is NOT the person to contact for updates etc.
This is for people with useful info, help and so on.

970 728 8009
damon@paragontelluride.com


Our best hope now is that they are in jail.
The effort is sending teams to track and distribute flyers.
Please consider helping.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Dec 17, 2006 - 12:48am PT
Damn, I'm with Bob, hopefully Charlie and Christine will turn up any day now. He's definitely got a spur-of-the-moment history so no telling what they may have decided to do. I shared a rope a few pitches with him back in the mid-'70s and my main partner Jim Tangen-Foster did the Diamond with him about the same time - no getting around him adding a lot of character to climbing.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 17, 2006 - 08:32pm PT
The Fowler-Boskoff Search Fund

Well's Fargo acct. # 1736253632








Please consider wiring some $ tomorrow.
Thanks
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 18, 2006 - 11:41am PT
Hopefully later today aircraft will be searching.

Please consider donating by wire transfer (no money, no aircraft. They don't do humanitarian work there.)
JLP

Social climber
Fargo, MN
Dec 18, 2006 - 12:25pm PT
Seems a couple calls to people with more money laying around may yield positive results. AAC member, insurance? He is so well known, maybe a few very large manf's could chip in - Black Diamond, Patagonia? I would gladly place the call myself, but I am so out of the loop. Just suggestions.

JLP
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 18, 2006 - 12:33pm PT
JLP,
all already done or in progress.
AAC insurance only covers peaks under 6000m without a rider.
wiclimber

Trad climber
devil's lake, wi
Dec 18, 2006 - 02:15pm PT
Wishing the best for Charlie and Christine!!! Christine is the pride of WI.



Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 18, 2006 - 03:12pm PT
CNN just picked up the story.


Charlie's sister will be on Anderson-Cooper 360 tonight.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 18, 2006 - 08:16pm PT
I've been trying to keep this on the front page but interest is waning.
CNN ran a brief story about 5 hours ago, and I haven't caught a repeat.
Maybe some editor thinks this one will "keep", but unfortunately the time to act is now.
elcapfool

Big Wall climber
hiding in plain sight
Dec 18, 2006 - 08:27pm PT
I hate to sound cynical, but if they can't circle the news wagons, and get some sobbing family members, it just doesn't work for them.


They made a freaking circus out of it when I got caught in an avalanche and lost for four days, Thank God my parents refused to speak to the press.
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Dec 18, 2006 - 08:28pm PT
I'm following this with great interest Ron, but there doesn't seem to be much new information.
goatboy smellz

climber
boulder county
Dec 18, 2006 - 08:59pm PT
Ron,
Interest is far from waning in the community that matters. The grapevine is buzzing over Charlie and Christine disappearance and hopefully the search fund is growing.
We need to remain optimistic, donate to the search fund then send an email to the US consulate to keep the pressure on local authorities.

email:
consularchengdu@state.gov

website:
http://chengdu.usconsulate.gov/about_the_consulate.html
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 18, 2006 - 09:14pm PT
Thank you.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 18, 2006 - 11:23pm PT
And thank you Anderson Cooper for a surprisingly informative six minute spot including both a remarkable interview with Charlie's sister and inclusion of links for people to help.
Cosmin

Trad climber
Europe/China
Dec 19, 2006 - 12:52am PT
Hi,
here in China people are quite involved as well - both foreigners and Chinese. It is difficult to localize where actually they went misssing and this is where all the efforts are directed towards at the moment.

Chinese climbers are assiting and the foreign climbing/trekking comunity here is prety active as well and some of us have been on stanby ready to go in a soon a we have a lead since last week.

A helicopter is a serious need and any help in this direction is welcome: info about availability, donations in the above mentioned fund, connections within China etc.

c
wiclimber

Trad climber
devil's lake, wi
Dec 19, 2006 - 12:50pm PT
Lot's of us are still very interested in any news available.

Checking several times a day, and hoping for the best.
maculated

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec 19, 2006 - 01:00pm PT
Ron, you might consider trying to drum up some support from the media which could lead to substantial support in the effort to find them. My mom called me yesterday to tell me about this (despite the fact I'd already mentioned your telling me, but she still thinks I "hike" every weekend), and she's a pretty good ballast for the effect of news.
Nohea

Trad climber
Aiea,Hi
Dec 19, 2006 - 02:01pm PT
Two days ago I walked into the local Cantina, The guys asked if I knew them and what happened. I just passed on what I have heard from Swelly and Ron.
Thanks for keeping this up there Ron,

Aloha,
wil
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 19, 2006 - 02:53pm PT
I've tried with the local media, but I'm not very savvy about providing links etc. They didn't follow up apparently.

But that was before the CNN report and the report on Anderson Cooper 360. Maybe now they will.


I'm also caught in a tough spot having stuff sent to me that is clearly labelled as confidential and not for public release.



The best thing people can do is wire money for immediate search expenses.
The next best thing would be to pester the media for coverage.
Thanks everyone.
YodelThis

Social climber
Jackson, Wyoming
Dec 19, 2006 - 04:07pm PT
We've been trying to piece together some of Charlie and Chris' climbing objectives. As Charlie was in the habit of flying under the radar, this is no easy task, but you can see some of our findings here:

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/ALP18/newswire-fowler-boskoff-beckey

Fingers crossed they're hanging ten in a Chinese jail.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Dec 19, 2006 - 08:32pm PT
I've been calling friends and family to try to increase financial support. Maybe it's time for each of us to send out a blanket call to our e-mail address books. Money may yet prove to be a deciding factor in this, to aid in the search via air, etc.

-Jeff Lowe
Pman

Trad climber
Upstate NY
Dec 19, 2006 - 09:18pm PT
Thanks for the email address of the consulate, I just sent a letter.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 19, 2006 - 10:36pm PT
email just went out to the consulate.
next I'll follow Jello's blanket email advice.
money goes next.

roy
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 19, 2006 - 11:30pm PT
Ron,
Check your email.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 19, 2006 - 11:42pm PT
Already responded and forwarded.
Nohea

Trad climber
Aiea,Hi
Dec 20, 2006 - 02:19am PT
Alright We really got to find Charlie and Chris,
I'll contact a guy I know with Honolulu Advertiser. Is there a PR write up that I can copy? You guys have made a great start, I'll drop some $'s there's a sub culture of people from that area that live in Honolulu. I know one Wahine but the Advertiser will reach them all.
Just post or email me,
wil

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 20, 2006 - 11:50am PT
In the past 12 hours a CNN crew has been fielded and Dave Hillon from the consulate gave prominence at a news conference to the reward being offered.
up2top

Big Wall climber
Phoenix, AZ
Dec 20, 2006 - 12:42pm PT
Just heard about it this morning on Fox News, so it is getting some coverage. My hopes and prayers for a positive outcome for Chris and Charlie. They are both climbers who have inspired me over the years and I know from stories recounted that both are tough as nails in the face of adversity. My funds are meager, but I'm heading to make a wire transfer during lunch. Any idea how much money they need to raise for a substantial search effort?

I also have a friend in the State Department who may be able to shed some light or provide some influence -- she used to be an ambassador in Pakistan at the US Embassy.

Ed
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 20, 2006 - 01:10pm PT
Thanks Ed,

again, I'm caught in a tough position but, since it was covered by a tv crew, believe I can disclose that the Sichuan Mountaineering Assn. was just given 30,000RMB to defray search expense.
There has also been a campaign distributing posters that indicate a substantial reward for useful information.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 20, 2006 - 01:30pm PT
Found today; a note in a restaurant in Litang dated Nov. 9, '06

"Great food and people,
Enjoyed the food. The mountains around Yading are awesome. Countryside reminds us of home. We'll be back.
Chris Boskoff and Charlie Fowler
Lorwood Colorado, USD"

(their spelling for Norwood and USA)


Latang is at about 30 degrees N lat and 101 degrees E long.
Gene

climber
Dec 20, 2006 - 05:52pm PT
Bump
Nohea

Trad climber
Aiea,Hi
Dec 20, 2006 - 10:05pm PT
Well it was in today's Advertiser nothing I did. I came up with the above idea after spending the afternoon tasting my way across Italian wine country.

Good to hear something is happening. Come on, show up will ya.

wil
Cosmin

Trad climber
Europe/China
Dec 21, 2006 - 02:14am PT
Bump
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 21, 2006 - 06:49am PT
An email sent by the pair was overlooked until yesterday. It sheds some light onto their plans and hopefully will narrow the search.
Pman

Trad climber
Upstate NY
Dec 21, 2006 - 07:03am PT
Reply from the Consulate in Chengdu:

"Thank you for your email. Officers of the American Consulate General in
Chengdu have been working closely with local authorities in Sichuan and
Yunnan Provinces and the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to discover the
whereabouts of missing American citizens Mr. Charles Fowler and Ms.
Christine Feld-Boskoff. Due to Privacy Act considerations we are not
able to release specific information to the public but please be assured
that we are doing everything we can.

Regards,
Consular Section
U.S. Consulate General - Chengdu
Phone: (86)(28) 8558-3992
Fax: (86)(28) 8554-6229
ConsularChengdu@state.gov
http://chengdu.usembassy-china.org.cn"
Strongerdog

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 21, 2006 - 12:53pm PT
Reply from the Consulate in Chengdu:

I got the same reply from them. It only takes a second to request they keep looking. The more the requests, the higher the issue floats to the top of their list. So drop them an e-mail with title Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff at:

ConsularChengdu@state.gov
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 21, 2006 - 02:52pm PT
Ya same reply to me from the Consulate.
C'mon kids, let's flood that Consulate in-box.

Also:
Even $5/10/20 bucks by each of us would add up; no more than buying a beer or a round.

Many of us who perhaps did not know these two personally would be stoked to chip in something for an exemplary pair: Charlie & Chris have had a long time positive influence on our legacy of adventure and striving.

If you have a Well's Fargo Bank in your town, go in and try a direct deposit, as a wire fee would eat that small amount up.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Dec 21, 2006 - 04:46pm PT
I too e mailed Chengdu and got the same response.
It sounds sincere, lets hope so.

Charlie Fowler was living in Eldo when I was in Boulder, his toughness and spirit has been a great inspiration over the years, one of those who when his name shows up, I sit up and take notice.

Lets keep the good vibe flowing their way that they are found safe and alive.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 21, 2006 - 05:46pm PT
The sun will be rising there soon.

Yesterday turned up a few leads that will be followed up on in hours.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Dec 21, 2006 - 07:04pm PT
Just emailed my 2 cents worth to the Consulate. I will find a Wells Fargo tomarrow. Words can't express enough concern. Let's do what we can to help find and possibly bring these guys home.
Cosmin

Big Wall climber
Europe/China
Dec 21, 2006 - 10:57pm PT
Bump
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Dec 21, 2006 - 11:39pm PT
bump

I got the same message, took ten hours, but they were probably asleep at 10 am PST/
Mimi

climber
Dec 21, 2006 - 11:44pm PT
My response from them was timed at 3:45 am this morning.

Prayers continue.
deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Dec 21, 2006 - 11:59pm PT
I emailed the Chengdu Consulate, and was referred to this website, which has the latest news, and a place to send contributions to the search effort:
http://www.everestnews.com/stories2006/missing12212006.htm
Ain't no flatlander

climber
Dec 22, 2006 - 01:11pm PT
Bump
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 22, 2006 - 02:41pm PT
Update:

Ted Callahan arrived in Latang yesterday evening to help co-ordinate search teams.
We could use some more money to maintain this effort.

The CNN crew also arrived but had to be treated for acute mountain sickness. They were treated with diamox.

Care must be employed as to what information is made public. Given political considerations this is a dicey situation. I'm sure the vast majority of tacoans mean only the best and I would like to share far more details. But suffice to say there is a lot being done. Later many of these details can safely come to light.

Over a dozen people are involved in the ground search, and several possible sightings, one promising, are being followed up.
Pman

Trad climber
Upstate NY
Dec 22, 2006 - 03:32pm PT
On the New York Times website today:


Search for U.S. Climbers Narrows in China

By JIM YARDLEY
Published: December 22, 2006

BEIJING, Dec. 22 — Rescuers looking for two missing American mountain climbers in a vast and isolated section of southwestern China are concentrating on two specific mountains after getting a tip from a woman who met the pair shortly before they disappeared.

Ted Callahan, an American climber involved in the rescue effort in China, said today that search teams would begin exploring mountains in Sichuan Province on Saturday near the cities of Litang and Batang. The missing climbers, Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler, were last heard from on Nov. 8.

Mr. Callahan said searchers would initially concentrate on base camp areas beneath each of the mountains, adding that the pair’s best scenario for survival is if they are somehow stranded in a village or in a nomad camp in a valley below either mountain.

“The hope is that we’ll find traces of them in a base camp,” said Mr. Callahan, who was reached on his mobile phone today as he arrived in Litang. “That’s the great hope right now — that they are stuck in some nomad camp.”

Mr. Callahan said clues in e-mails from Ms. Boskoff and Mr. Fowler have convinced searchers that the pair intended either to climb Genyen Mountain outside Litang or a string of interconnected peaks near Batang. He said he and other searchers would begin exploring Genyen on Saturday. Another team would be organized for the effort in Batang.

Mr. Fowler and Ms. Boskoff are considered elite, world-class climbers, and the search has become an international effort coordinated, in part, out of the United States. Friends and fellow mountain climbers are accepting donations to help finance search efforts in China. Mr. Callahan said four teams of Chinese and American climbers, as well as ethnic Tibetan guides, are being organized.

Asked if the chances are slim of finding the two climbers alive, Mr. Callahan said Mr. Fowler had once survived a mishap in Tibet that forced him to crawl for several days until he reached safety. He lost his toes in the incident but survived to climb again.

“He’s just known as being exceptionally tough,” said Mr. Callahan, attributing the same qualities to Ms. Boskoff.

Both climbers are based in Colorado, and Ms. Boskoff is also an owner of Mountain Madness, an adventure mountaineering company in Seattle. She had apparently led an expedition and then joined Mr. Fowler in October for a vacation in which they hoped to record a “first ascent’’ on certain unclimbed peaks in southwestern China.

But in e-mails to friends, the pair did not specify which mountains they were trying to climb. The lack of specifics has plagued search efforts because the two had been traveling through a mountain region spread across Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan Province. The pair also did not apply for a required climbing permit, which might have helped locate them.

In recent days, though, new information has been unearthed, in part because of attention generated by widespread media coverage in southwestern China and the announcement of a $4,000 reward. Gao Min, leader of the Sichuan Mountaineering Association, said several sightings have been reported, some proving unfounded while others are being investigated. Mr. Gao said searchers are following up one tip about two trekkers spotted outside Litang.

Meanwhile, Mr. Callahan said an important breakthrough came from a Chinese tourist who met the two climbers on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 at a hotel in the city of Yading. They told her they planned to climb a final peak in Sichuan before returning to the United States. That information has helped focus the search on Sichuan, though Mr. Callahan said the police are also targeting a small region of Tibet along the Sichuan border.

One other clue, meanwhile, was discovered by Chinese search teams that canvassed the city of Litang and found that Ms. Boskoff and Mr. Fowler had signed a local guestbook on Nov. 9.

“Great food and people, enjoyed the food,” they wrote. “The mountains around Yading are awesome. Countryside reminds us of home. We’ll be back.”
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 23, 2006 - 02:49am PT
Yes, these two have the stuff in 'em to make really interesting old folks, with a wealth of rich mountain experiences to be cherished in those later years.

I hope it happens for them.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 23, 2006 - 10:17am PT
UPDATE:



The CNN crew is so sick that they plan to leave.


The searchers have found a very solid lead, unfortunately for now the details are not for public consumption due to pending political negotiations. Before the chinese cooperate they require certain authorizations from our consulate which are in transit as I write this.

Its getting down to crunch time folks. I am hopeful that before day's end I will be able to release promising news.
ground_up

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Dec 23, 2006 - 10:53pm PT
Most of our posts are trivial compared to this.
Hope they are well and all ok.
Seems this oughta be bumped front and center..
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 24, 2006 - 12:42am PT
The entry below Charlie and Chris' in the guest book was by two park rangers from Banff named Shauna and Julian.
They may have crossed paths and communicated objectives.

Does anyone know these two?
If so please forward info to Damon.
blackbird

Trad climber
over yonder en th' holler
Dec 24, 2006 - 10:34am PT
This was in the Atlanta papers (print and online) today:
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/stories/2006/12/22/1222metclimber.html

Godspeed and God bless...

BB
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 24, 2006 - 02:43pm PT
Update:


The chinese authorities have been working remarkably smoothly with the rescuers sent from Telluride.
Some 300 chinese PSB have been involved in the canvasing and investigation!

With the needed authorizations obtained the luggage in Latang correctly assumed to be Chris and Charlie's was unlocked at 10:00AM (about 15 hours ago).
Their driver with whom they had left the bags was interviewed.

He had dropped them in Lamaya, a four hour drive away.

At 2:30PM a team was sent there to overnight and then press on following their trail into the mountains. (It will be getting light there soon.)
Reportedly in Lamaya the two of them had declined the expense of a pack horse and had headed out with large backpacks as well as small frontpacks.



Sounds like the rescuers are getting close.
maculated

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec 24, 2006 - 03:39pm PT
Awesome. Ron, do you know when the luggage was dropped? Stale or fresh trail?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 24, 2006 - 07:46pm PT
As stated before, due to political reasons many details are not for public release, sorry.


These are significant finds as the search has become quite focused.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 24, 2006 - 09:34pm PT
These unmentionable details sound like good news, in a situation where the "no news is good news" usually doesn't hold.

I don't know much about these people, except what I'm reading since they have been overdue in communication, but here I am, safe and comfortable at home, and I want to send good wishes to them for their safe returns to their own homes.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Arid-zona
Dec 24, 2006 - 11:23pm PT
Good luck to you all. Be safe and everyone come home ok. Merry xmas.

eclarke

climber
Oakland, CA
Dec 25, 2006 - 02:10am PT
Another article just posted on cnn.com:

China finds climbers' luggage
POSTED: 1:41 a.m. EST, December 25, 2006

BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Rescuers have found luggage of two missing veteran U.S. climbers in a remote part of southwest China's Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff have not been heard from since November, and did not show up for their return flights home on December 7, the report said.

Ten rescuers found the luggage at the home of a resident in Lamaya while conducting a door-to-door search, Xinhua said.

The town is in a mountainous region close to Tibet, and has no telephones or mobile phone coverage, the report said.

"The villager told the rescuers that the two climbers had hired him as a driver and left the luggage at his home on November 11 for mountain climbing, saying they would be back on Nov. 24," it added.

Xinhua quoted Gao Min, deputy secretary-general of the Sichuan Mountaineering Association, as saying the find would help them focus their search.

--
redpoint

Ice climber
Bloomington, IN
Dec 25, 2006 - 09:29am PT
thank you ron for your diligence. thanks to many others for their efforts.

godspeed.

r.
Ain't no flatlander

climber
Dec 25, 2006 - 11:23am PT
Trying to look up this region on Google Earth. Does anyone have the lat and long for Latang? Where is this area relative to Yading (http://www.tagzania.com/item/26203);?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 25, 2006 - 11:36am PT
I gave it in a previous post (if memory serves, 30 degrees N and 103 E, but double check), but the search is now heading out from Lamaya as it is likely that they were intent upon Genyen.


As they did not have a permit this aspect was previously downplayed, but the chinese authorities have a pretty good idea of what transpired at this point.



Maybe you can find something here:

http://web.mac.com/kondus/iWeb/Genyen/G%20Maps%20and%20Photos.html
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 25, 2006 - 01:08pm PT
This area is about as off the grid as one can go. No land lines OR cell.

I'm trying to find out if the lead search team has a satphone.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 25, 2006 - 02:19pm PT
UPDATE:



The search team DOES have a satphone, but unfortunately it had run out of minutes.
However, within the past hour Arlene Burns put another 500 minutes on it.
(Thanks Arlene.)
Scared Silly

Trad climber
UT
Dec 25, 2006 - 08:27pm PT
Here is the recent press from CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/12/25/china.climbersluggage.ap/index.html

deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Dec 26, 2006 - 11:20am PT
Heard on NPR this morning that the search has been narrowed down to one mountain.
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Dec 26, 2006 - 01:30pm PT
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-climbers26dec26,1,3274445.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

There was an article in the L.A. Times this morning.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Dec 26, 2006 - 08:59pm PT
I keep praying for their safe return.

God's Speed.

JDF
jstan

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 12:54am PT
As a teenager Charlie always seemed to be moving. And he seemed to have a sense of humor advanced for his years. We all are of a piece of cloth with Charlie and Chris as two of the threads. When they come out of China we need to convince them all that need be done and more - has been done. It is time to keep the cloth whole. It is time to smell the roses and time to savor each breath of fresh air as the priceless thing it is.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:10am PT
Update:



Chris and Charlie visited Genyen monastary on Nov. 12. The date is certain. They planned on travelling to the north and returning in 4 days. During that time there was 9"-10" of snow.

The search is now centered on Genyen and Peak 5807.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 27, 2006 - 11:50am PT
There will be more information available shortly.


Brace yourselves people. A body has been found. It has NOT yet been identified.
It seems very likely at this point that the news will not be good.
high altidude

climber
Denver via Vail
Dec 27, 2006 - 12:29pm PT
Just saw that story on the web re the found body. Looks like they're going in later to start digging and to see if they're roped up. Very sad news.
scabang

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 12:37pm PT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6305639,00.html

Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Dec 27, 2006 - 12:55pm PT
I just read an Associated Press version of the update saying that a body had been found--it was essentially identical to the Guardian article linked above. God, that just sucks.

Curt
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Bay Area
Dec 27, 2006 - 12:56pm PT
BEIJING – The body of a U.S. climber missing for more than a month has been found on a remote mountain in southwestern China while a second climber is still missing and presumed dead, a rescue coordinator said today.

Christine Boskoff, a top female climber, and Charlie Fowler, a well-known climber, guide and photographer, were reported missing after they failed to return to the United States on Dec. 4.

"They don't know which body yet. The rescuers were told to take pictures without disturbing anything. They will go back up in the morning with shovels," said Arlene Burns, a friend of both climbers.

Boskoff has ascended six of the world's peaks over 26,000 feet, including Mount Everest. She owns Mountain Madness, a Seattle adventure travel company.

Fowler is an expert on climbing in southwestern China. He has guided climbers up Everest and climbed some of the tallest and most difficult peaks.

"The other body could be under the snow or could be connected by a rope," Burns said from Telluride, Colo., where she was helping coordinate the rescue effort.

"We are tremendously sad they are not coming home, but they were doing what they loved," she said. "For these guys, they were there by choice, climbing beautiful, pristine peaks with someone they respected at the top of their skills."

Burns said it was too early to say what happened to the two, if they were hit by an avalanche, slipped or encountered some other problem.

"Whether they fell off the face or were swept off the face, we don't know," she said.

The body was found at the 17,390-foot level on Genie Mountain, also known as Genyen Peak, not far from the Sichuan border with Tibet. The mountain is 20,354 feet tall.




Burns said it was most likely the searchers found the body because something stood out in a blanket of white snow.

Unlike the case of the missing climbers on Mount Hood in Oregon, the search has been complicated because the two did not leave detailed plans and rescuers initially did not even know which province in southwestern China to search.

But a clue to their whereabouts emerged several days ago when rescue workers found a driver who had dropped the pair off near the mountain on Nov. 11.

Boskoff and Fowler told him they would climb the mountain and that he could meet them on Nov. 24 so they could pick up their bags, but they did not show up.

snakefoot

climber
cali
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:03pm PT
Not the best of news http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=us/8-2-0&fp=4592a4d4b008bfd4&ei=w7OSRdyQPMbKHIrC5PsM&url=http%3A//www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-12-27-china-climber_x.htm&cid=1112006112
rockermike

Mountain climber
Berkeley
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:06pm PT
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/lifestyle/59436_boskoff25.shtml
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:06pm PT
Well, of course it is sad news, because people had hopes that they would walk out with tales of adventure and sheepish looks of regret at having so worried others.

They still had their adventures; very good ones most likely. Something happened to take them down a path and past a point where those who care about them, still here on earth, cannot accompany them. Within the sadness, now people can begin to grieve and bid them well as they continue on in their spiritual journey.

For their loved ones - may they always be with you in your hearts.
Kenji

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:11pm PT
And as if the news isn't terrible enough.... there's this inevitable conclusion from the moguls of media (featuring O'Reilly, a real 'outdoors guy').

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-rescue27dec27,0,6630993.story?coll=la-home-headlines

May the New Year reduce the drivel that makes people stay away from scary things like mountains, rivers, and nature.



goatboy smellz

climber
boulder county
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:25pm PT

;-(
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:33pm PT
Rags,
I know you mean well but your map is not helping this thread. Please delete it.
sling512

Trad climber
Chicago
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:44pm PT
They found one 'body'...

1 missing climber's body found in China

BEIJING - The body of one U.S. climber missing for more than a month has been found on a remote mountain in southwestern China while a second climber is still missing and presumed dead, a rescue coordinator said Wednesday.

Christine Boskoff, a top female climber, and Charlie Fowler, a well-known climber, guide and photographer, were reported missing after they failed to return to the United States on Dec. 4.

The body discovered is partially buried and has not been identified yet, said Arlene Burns, a friend of both climbers. Rescue workers were to resume the recovery efforts after daybreak.

"They don't know which body yet," Burns said from Telluride, Colorado, where she was helping coordinate the rescue effort. "The rescuers were told to take pictures without disturbing anything. They will go back up in the morning with shovels," she added. "The other body could be under the snow or could be connected by a rope."



Not looking good. Man this is so tough....
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:53pm PT
Very, sorry to hear this, I kept hoping...


I don't think that gif affects a lot of us, Ron.
ryanb

climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 27, 2006 - 01:55pm PT
Sad news.

Ron, I think it is the lonnnng news links that are interfering more than the map.
WBraun

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 02:00pm PT
Whoa, I guess this is what I feared from the start when the news of the two were first reported overdue. This has been a tough year on the climbing community. Seems more so than most in the past.

Peace and condolences to all.

P.S. Ron that map by rags is not the problem.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 27, 2006 - 02:00pm PT
You may be right, but it would be nice if Rags even answered his mail.


But why even bother here.
We can continue this on the "Charlie" thread.






EDIT: I would like to apologize to Rags. I was wrong. It was not his fault. Hope you understand that I was upset.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Dec 27, 2006 - 02:04pm PT
Wild man (and woman) down...a complete bummer. A very tough year indeed.
CascadeClimber

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 02:05pm PT
Sad news.

No problem viewing the thread here, Ron.

I met Chris (as she introduced herself) skiing at Crystal last winter. She was so humble that I didn't know who she was until we left the lodge and my buddy said, "You know that was Christine Boskoff, right?"

Better to live fully and die doing what we love, but better yet to go at a ripe old age. Be safe out there folks.

CC
Mimi

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 03:28pm PT
Damn, I was really hoping this would turn out alright!

I'm truly sorry for the families and friends of these two amazing people. They will be deeply missed. At least there's some closure now and it is a huge relief that they found them and can presumably piece together what happened. I was worried that they might never be found and that would've been even worse.
gunsmoke

Trad climber
Clackamas, Oregon
Dec 27, 2006 - 03:37pm PT
A nice thought, Mimi, that at least there is some closure. If there is any consolation, perhaps it is in that the bodies can be returned to their families. After following the Hood rescue attempt concurrently with Charlie's, I'm out of energy. A long year for climbing indeed, and it seemed to worsen exponentially.
Freebox

Trad climber
Nevada
Dec 27, 2006 - 07:29pm PT
I have known Charlie since I was a teenager climbing in Eldorado. I know most of us Knew this would happen, but that changes nothing. Devastation.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Dec 27, 2006 - 09:16pm PT
It's been a tough year all around, for me personally, for some of my friends, and for the "community" in general.

For some reason this story has really gotten to me, RIP Charlie and Chris.

(Off to sob now)
T2's Wife

Trad climber
Cardiff
Dec 27, 2006 - 10:41pm PT
Like many others I have been following this tread daily hoping and praying for a better turn out. I am deeply saddened by the news and my deepest condolences to all his friends and family. My the love of the mountain find peace in your heart.

Chris
bonin_in_the_boneyard

Trad climber
Up the 'Creek w/out a Prada
Jul 23, 2007 - 12:00pm PT
Christine Boskoff's body has been found near Charlie's:

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSPEK22627820070723?feedType=RSS

It's still sad. My heart goes out to their loved ones.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 20, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
Amazing, five years now since I got the call from Joel.

I visited him recently in Norwood and we drove by Charlie's place (now owned by his absentee sister).
I remember hoping that word would not reach Kyle whose condition was grave, but no such luck. Kyle lingered on for years. They soon started cutting pieces off of him.

On the same recent trip I drove past Kyle's address.
The house that was "climbing central" for years in Moab, where we partied, where we had slide shows outside using the textured stucco wall of the Bowdin Motel as a screen, where we did lapidary work, where we made music in the basement, where we planned our next adventure or de-racked from the last,........ is gone.

Torn down.

It is now a parking lot for the Bowdin Motel.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Dec 20, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
Thanks for the reminder Ron.
Taking care of my dying parents and weighting the options on how to check out I think Charlie and Christine took the better path,

dying in a hospital is no way to go.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:34pm PT

It's sad. Though I wouldn't make a pimple on Charlie's butt as a climber,
he was always a true gentleman with me. Didn't put people down, was always
positive, no bragging. One of the old DC gang, I was lucky to
know Charlie.

Such a loss.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Posting in the Donini appreciation thread and putting up a bunch of pictures of Jim in Alaska and Patagonia on my website inspired me to do something similar with my best photos of Charlie from our trip up Cerro Torre's Compressor Route in 1996.

He is missed.

And talk about influence! A tidbit of information Charlie passed me after one of his Tibet trips set me on the trail of the story of what would evolve into China's Wings, a project that dominated my life for eight years.
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Thanks for sharing your photos . . . thanks to Charlie for everything you have done for your fellow climbers. We carry you in our hearts always.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
You're welcome, Kalimon.

Lots of us miss him. I really regret not taking Charlie up on his offer to do a trip to Tibet with him in the late '90s, but I was too focused on Patagonia and Alaska. I was always seduced by the tremendous edge there is in the repeat trip. I figured there was time to go with him once I'd gotten a few more projects out of my head.

There wasn't.
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