The Venezuelan had last been heard from on July 17th according to K2climb.net when he called in to say he would be trying to move from Camp 4 to Camp 3 in an attempt to get farther down the mountain. He had been trapped by a bad strom that hit the mountain after his summit July 11th and had run out of fuel and food on the 14th. Delgado was the first Venezuelan to summit Everest and was a national hero. From his expedition blog:
Nanga Parbat wished to keep this mountaineer, and in return it has
given us a beautiful legacy: the nobility of a man whose struggle and
perseverance have been embedded forever in the hearts of all
The women, who were mother and daughter, were found Tuesday in an area
of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and were believed to be
heading to a Pinnacle Lake trail. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
didn't release any more details.
More info can be found on the message board at NWhikers.net. Via SeattlePI, July 13th, 2006. Thoughts go out to their families.
The founder of modern mountaineering in Canada, Hans Gmoser, died tragically Wed after a biking accident. From the Rocky Mountain Outlook:
Canada’s mountaineering community was reeling yesterday (July 5) with the news that one of its giants, a man who blazed trails, conquered peaks and revolutionized the outdoor recreation industry in the Canadian Rockies, was gone.
Hans Gmoser, 75, died Wednesday afternoon (July 5), two days after a cycling accident on the 1A Highway west of Banff left him in critical condition in the Foothills Hospital with a broken neck.
“It’s a staggering loss to the mountain community and the larger community in general,” said climber Barry Blanchard, who has known Gsmoser for 15 to 20 years.
“He was a father figure for a whole couple of generations of young mountain guides.”
It's always sad news when young people die in the mountains. A brother and sister and their climbing partner were all killed in Peru last week:
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian rescue team has found the bodies of three American mountaineers killed during an icy climb high in the Andes mountains, authorities said Monday. A 15-member team located Kristen Yoder, 21, her brother Dustin Yoder, 23, and Brennan Larson, 24, on Sunday afternoon in a 100-foot-deep ice crevice on the Artesonraju peak, said Police Maj. Edmundo Vidal, of the High Mountain Rescue Unit.
The three climbers went missing last week on the glacier-covered mountain, some 17,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Blanca range in the Andes.
Authorities said the three climbers had set out on a fairly treacherous route without a guide.
Vidal said the cause of the accident was unknown. Perhaps they did not take the proper safety precautions, "or it could have been an avalanche that swept them down," Vidal said. "Given their ages, 21 or 22 years old, I doubt they had a lot of experience."