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Body of American climber found in China

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

BEIJING – The body of an American mountain climber has been found after an avalanche in an isolated part of southwest China, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

Rescue workers are searching for two other American members of the group who went missing on Mount Gongga, Li Zhixin, an official with the Chinese Mountaineering Association told Xinhua.

Xinhua did not identify whose body had been found.

Wade Johnson, 24, of Arden Hills, Minn., went to Mount Edgar in China’s Sichuan Province, part of Mount Gongga, according to an e-mail his parents sent to friends. He was accompanied by climbers Micah Dash and Jonny Copp, both of Boulder, Colo.

Johnson was working for Boulder-based Sender Films, which makes climbing and outdoor adventure films.

The three men were scheduled to take a flight Tuesday out of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, but missed it.

They were last heard from May 20 at the base camp of Mount Edgar, which is 7,556 meters above sea level according to Xinhua.

Gongga – Tibetan for “highest snow-capped mountain” – attracts both tourists and mountaineers to its soaring peaks and panoramic scenery.


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