Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Search for climbers continues

From the Associated Press, in Alaska:

A search for two climbers - Sue Nott, 36, of Vail and Karen McNeill, 37, of Canmore, Alberta - missing on Mount Foraker is focusing on the area near the 17,400-foot summit after rangers confirmed that tracks were spotted nearly 1,000 feet
from the top.

John Loomis, a mountaineering ranger, was aboard a search aircraft Monday and photographed footprints at the 16,400-foot level.

Searchers earlier spotted tracks at the 15,500-foot to 15,800-foot level, but they appeared to just end.

A high-altitude helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft made several flights near the summit Monday. Three helicopters were expected to join the search today.

Weather remained favorable, with broken clouds at 11,000 to 12,000 feet and winds relatively calm.

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