Bodies of two US mountaineers found in Peru

July 30th, 2012 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Lima, July 30 (IANS/EFE) The bodies of two missing US climbers were found on Palcaraju, a mountain that rises more than 6,200 meters in Peru’s northern Ancash region, police said.

Ben Horne and Gil Weiss, who had been missing for 17 days, were found Saturday.

The bodies of Horne and Weiss were taken to the city of Huaraz, a police spokesperson told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP.

Mountain guides hired by the climbers’ families found a gas stove and other gear Friday.

The two Americans launched their assault on the summit of Palcaraju July 11.

Horne had limited experience climbing in the Peruvian Andes, while Weiss had been in the region several times, police said.

Horne and Weiss were supposed to return to the US July 26, the US Embassy in Lima said, adding that relatives reported them missing when they failed to arrive home and hired a search team.

Palcaraju is one of the most dangerous mountains in Peru because of frequent avalanches, police mountain rescue unit spokesperson Maj. Marco Carrera told the La Republica newspaper.


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