Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American climbers who went missing after summitting a 20,000-foot peak in Peru's Cordillera Blanca. Gil Weiss and Ben Horne, 29 and 32 respectively, apparently fell to their deaths from a ridge while descending from the top of Palcaraju. "Unfortunately, they died whenever they fell because they had been there long in the snow," said Ted Alexander, who owns a guide service in nearby Huaraz and coordinated the search. Weiss and Horne's families contacted rescuers last week after the alpinists' scheduled return date passed with no word from them. The pair's death brings the number of climbers who have died in the Cordillera Blanca this season to eight, with over 40 evacuated due to injuries and illness.
Via Denver Post