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crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Dec 26, 2006 - 10:30am 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 - 05:59pm PT
I keep praying for their safe return.

God's Speed.

JDF
jstan

climber
Dec 26, 2006 - 09:54pm 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 26, 2006 - 10:10pm 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 - 08:50am 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 - 09:29am 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 - 09:37am PT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6305639,00.html

Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Dec 27, 2006 - 09:55am 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 - 09:56am 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 - 10:03am 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 - 10:06am PT
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/lifestyle/59436_boskoff25.shtml
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 27, 2006 - 10:06am 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 - 10:11am 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 - 10:25am PT

;-(
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 27, 2006 - 10:33am 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 - 10:44am 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 - 10:53am 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 - 10:55am PT
Sad news.

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

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 11:00am 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 - 11:00am 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.
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