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Two American mountaineers missing in northern Pakistan

By Shaiq Hussain

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two American mountaineers have gone missing in northern Pakistan, more than 10 days after they set off to climb one of the steepest peaks in the region’s Karakoram range. Officials said bad weather is hampering rescue efforts.

The Alpine Club of Pakistan announced Thursday that Scott Adamson and Kyle Dempster, both reported to be from Utah, were missing in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Karrar Haidri, the club’s spokesman, said they were trying to climb the 23,000-foot “Ogre-II” peak but did not return on the expected date. He said the club is in touch with their families.

The American climbers arrived in Pakistan on July 24 on a two-month expedition. They started up Ogre-II on Aug. 21, planning to spend five days to reach the summit and descend.

“When they did not return on the expected date, the base camp team informed the local tour operator, after which we started communication with all concerned local authorities and the climbers’ families,” Haidri said. “The climbers are still missing, and the weather has prevented our rescue efforts. We are hoping for good weather to continue our search and helicopter rescue.”

Via The Washington Post

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