Body of Missing US Climber Charlie Fowler Believed Found in China

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The AP is reporting that the body of missing US climber Charlie Fowler has been discovered in China. He had been missing since December 4, 2006:

BEIJING – The body of one U.S. climber missing for more than a month has been found on a remote mountain in southwestern China while a second climber is still missing and presumed dead, a rescue coordinator said Wednesday.

Christine Boskoff, a top female climber, and Charlie Fowler, a well-known climber, guide and photographer, were reported missing after they failed to return to the United States on Dec. 4.

The body discovered is partially buried and has not been identified yet, said Arlene Burns, a friend of both climbers. Rescue workers were to resume the recovery efforts after daybreak.

“They don’t know which body yet,” Burns said from Telluride, Colorado, where she was helping coordinate the rescue effort. “The rescuers were told to take pictures without disturbing anything. They will go back up in the morning with shovels,” she added. “The other body could be under the snow or could be connected by a rope.”

In this undated photo provided by Mountain World Media, mountain climber Charlie Fowler is seen in Colorado. The search for Boskoff and fellow climber Christine Boskoff, missing for more than a month, has narrowed to a single mountain in southwestern China after their last known contact, a local driver, said they planned to climb the peak. (AP Photo/Mountain World Media)

The Khumbu Icefall (Charlie Fowler)

Here is more on his disappearance from his own website Charlie Fowler:

As of December 14, 2006, Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff are 10 days overdue from their 2-month trip to Eastern Tibet/China. Charlie was a Mountainfilm Board Member for almost a decade and is currently on the Advisory Board. He is also a founder of both the Telluride Mountain Club and the Horizon Program. Christine is the owner of Seattle-based Mountain Madness and was a featured speaker at Mountainfilm 2001 and 2006. Charlie is scheduled to be a speaker for the 2007 Festival’s Eiger-inspired sub-theme due to his solo of the Direct Route of the Eiger North Face in 1992. Both have homes in Norwood.

A blog Fowler-Boskoff was also set up since the disappearance of the two climbers.

UPDATE: The body was identified. It is Charlie Fowler.

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