2 American climbers killed in Peru mountaineering accident

Gil Weiss and Ben Horne.

Some bad news in the world of mountaineering, this time coming after an urgent search for two climbers in South America.

The search for two missing American mountaineers ended Saturday when their bodies were found on the slopes of Palcaraju in Peru.

The men apparently fell to their deaths off a ridge after ascending a glacier-capped 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) Peruvian peak, the Associated Press reported.

“They did summit and they got into trouble on the way down,” coordinator Ted Alexander told The AP. “What led to the fall, I cannot tell you now.”

Palcaraju (Summitpost.org photo)

The men were identified as Gil Weiss, 29, and Ben Horne, 32. They were described as  as experienced mountaineers.

The men fell an estimated 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) off a ridge after reaching the west summit of Palcaraju in the Cordillera Blanca range in mid-July, the AP reported.

For more on this story, see this link as well as this link.


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