Friday, July 27, 2012
My cousin Ben and his friend Gil were climbing in Peru. They did not return as expected, and a search is now being conducted.
I’m at a loss for words… all I can do is link to information that is already out there, and ask you to share this information in the hopes that we can find the planes, helicopters, and pilots we need to find them.
Satellite Images you can search for traces:
Relevant News Stories:
I was ten when Ben was born, and he has been a part of my life since then.
ADDENDUM the First:
My cousin Eric, Ben’s brother, has written a post with pictures of Ben and Gil as well as of the area and the tent as it was found by the search-and-rescue.
ADDENDUM the Second:
Update: in the next hour or so, a plane loaded with experienced climbers will scout Palcaraju, armed with satellite imagery and leads on the party’s possible location. In addition to scouting where we suspect the event happened, they will scout the rest of the mountain, too. Several rescue teams are on the ground at the base of the mountain in various locations, prepared to ascend to the location of the missing (hopefully soon to be found) climbers.
Please pray for the success of the operation.
Many thanks to those who scoured the satellite images looking for traces of Gil and Ben, and many thanks to all those in Peru who are contributing in any way.