Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Memorial planned for climbers

Relatives of Sue Nott, 36, of Vail, who vanished on Alaska's Mount Foraker last month with climbing partner Karen McNeill, 37, of Canada, plan to celebrate her life during a memorial service at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

Family members said the public is welcome to attend.

The Vail Daily News, reporting the family's plans, said the family had nothing but praise for search crews, who had been looking for the women for more than a week.

“Their professionalism, thoroughness and compassion have been exemplary and the family is very grateful for all of their efforts on Sue and Karen’s behalf,” the Nott family said in a statement released Monday.

Search crews are looking for the women's bodies after determining the two likely ran out of the fuel they needed to melt snow into water many days ago, said Kris Fister, a spokeswoman for the Denali National Park and Preserve. They also would likely have been without food for more than a week.

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