Heroics or Tragedy Unfolding on Mount Foraker

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Many of you are probably tracking the news of missing climbers on Mount Foraker in Alaska. Karen McNeill and Sue Nott left for a climb of the peak on May 14, carrying about 10 days of food, and have not been seen since. Nott’s backpack was found on some avalanche debris, but appeared to have been dropped off the mountain rather then ripped off a falling or avalanched person (the strap buckles were all intact). Doesn’t sound good, but they could be sheltered in a snow cave or crevasse waiting for help, or perhaps have already descended the peak and ended up in an area far away from their base camp. Prayers and concerns from our family to them and their loved ones. A major search is in progress. More info.


One Response to “Heroics or Tragedy Unfolding on Mount Foraker”

  1. Mark June 9th, 2006 4:02 am

    Scary stuff. Am I the only one who follows these events and struggle to comprehend how many world-class climbers/skiers/alpinists have cheated death, or in some cases not?


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