Skooter reporting 07/29/12
The bodies of two U.S. mountaineers who seemingly plunged to their deaths off an edge after scaling a glacier-capped 20,000 foot Peruvian peak was found by searchers, the rescue coordinator said.
Coordinator Ted Alexander said they did reached the top and they got into trouble on the way down. What caused the fall, Alexander said, he didn’t know as yet. The coordinator runs a guide business in the town of Huaraz.
The climbers were Gil Weiss, 29, and Ben Horne, 32, plummet an estimated 1,000 feet off a ridge after reaching the west summit of Palcaraju in the Cordillera Blanca range in mid-July, Alexander said. Adding that unluckily, they died whenever they fell because they had been there long in the snow.
Weiss was from Queens, N.Y. and Horne was from Annandale, Virginia. It was reported that both were experienced climbers, in fact Weiss was a repeat visitor to the Cordillera Blanca while Horne was his first trip.