Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bodies of Missing Nanga Parbat Climbers Found + Inyo County Missing Hiker + Mont Blanc du Tacul Video +

The bodies of  missing Nanga Parbat climbers found - Search ends - Gripped Mag and Explorersweb
Inyo County Sheriff's Office missing person - Matthew Kraft - from Facebook posting
Mont Blanc du Tacul Video by the New Zealand Alpine Team - Ice and mixed climbing    --  Bodies of Missing Nanga Parbat Climbers Found  --  RIP  --  Nanga Parbat bodies found - Search Ends


Inyo County Sheriff's OfficeLike Page
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft has been reported missing to local law enforcement after missing his return date from a backcountry skiing trip on the Sierra High Route. Kraft’s itinerary began out of the Kearsarge Pass trailhead Feb. 23 and was scheduled to end March 4 or 5 near Bridgeport, California.

The Mono County Sheriff's Office began a search on March 4. The search expanded on March 5th and is now a joint operation with Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, and Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Other assisting agencies include California Highway Patrol, Cal OES, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Madera County Sheriff's Office, and the Marines Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Aerial support has been provided by Fresno County Sheriff, CHP - Inland Division Air Operations, CHP – Central Division Air Operations, and the Air National Guard.

Law enforcement agencies are also searching for the Marine’s rental vehicle, a gray 2016 Jeep Wrangler 2-door, assumed to be located at his trip’s start point in vicinity of Independence, California.

Individuals with any information regarding Kraft’s whereabouts should immediately contact Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 878-0383, option 4; Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549, option 7; or Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-8400.

For additional queries, please contact the 1st Marine Division press officer Capt. Paul Gainey at (760) 725-9226 or email

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No official post, but appears the search has ended on Nanga Parbat with Alex Txikon posting Friday "we will go back to Skardu and then to K2." The two "objects" sighted will remain uninvestigated. Russian lead K2 team abandoned their summit bid. Unclear if Txikon will try K2 now.
KESQ Video of the storm damage that closed the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


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