Saturday, June 6, 2009

Body of U.S. climber found in China

Sad news from the Associated Press:

The body of an American mountain climber has been found after an avalanche in an isolated part of southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

Rescue workers were still searching for two other American members of the group who went missing on Mount Gongga in Sichuan province, Li Zhixin, an official with the Chinese Mountaineering Association, told Xinhua.

The report did not identify whose body had been found.

Wade Johnson, 24, of Arden Hills, Minnesota, and Micah Dash and Jonny Copp of Boulder, Colo., were last heard from May 20 at the base camp of Mount Edgar, a peak of Mount Gongga, according to an e-mail his parents sent to friends.

They were scheduled to fly Tuesday out of Chengdu, Sichuan's capital, but missed the flight.

Gongga, Tibetan for "highest snowcapped mountain," attracts both tourists and mountaineers. It is 24,790 feet (7,556 meters) above sea level, according to Xinhua.

Johnson was working for Boulder-based Sender Films, which makes climbing and outdoor adventure films.

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