Climber's Body Found after 21 Years in Ice

Aug 30, 2010
Outside Magazine

Columbia Icefield, By Kelly Donaldson (bugdog) on Flickr
Two hikers on a day trip in Canada's Columbia Ice Fields found the body of an American climber who went missing in 1989, MSNBC reports.

The body, found in a melting glacier, was identified as William Holland, 38, of Gorham, Maine.  Holland reportedly had been hiking the Slipstream route on Snow Dome Peak when we went missing 21 years ago. Glacial ice covered the body before recently melting.

"By the time we got there the body was fully exposed. We didn't have to chip the body out at all," Parks Canada rescue specialist Garth Lemke told The Canadian Press news service. "He was generally skin and bones, having quite a mummified look to him. His clothes and gear were relatively intact, and if you look at where he was, he was basically in a deep freeze for the last 21 years."

Holland was found wearing spiked boots and with rope over shoulder.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have notified Holland's family.

--Michael Webster

Photo by Kelly Donaldson (bugdog) on Flickr

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