Pakistan helicopter planning to search for two missing US climbers

Utah based climbers Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson failed to return August 26 to base camp following an attempt to climb the north face of a 23,901-foot mountain.

By: AP | Salt Lake City | Published: September 3, 2016 2:41:31 am
This undated photo shows climber Scott Adamson, one of the two well-known Utah climbers who are missing in Pakistan where they were attempting to make a treacherous ascent up an icy mountain.  (Nathan Smith/Pull Photography via AP) This undated photo shows climber Scott Adamson, one of the two well-known Utah climbers who are missing in Pakistan where they were attempting to make a treacherous ascent up an icy mountain. (Nathan Smith/Pull Photography via AP)

Two Pakistani military helicopters are planning to search on Saturday morning for a pair well-known Utah climbers missing on an icy mountain.

Jonathan Thesenga of Black Diamond Equipment said on Friday it’s the first time the weather has cleared enough for helicopters to search for famed mountain climbers Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson.

A rescue effort was launched last Sunday near northern Pakistan’s Choktoi Glacier after Dempster and Adamson failed to return August 26 to base camp following an attempt to climb the north face of a 23,901-foot mountain.

Thesenga says the two left base camp on August 21 to begin their ascent.

Utah-based Black Diamond Equipment is sponsoring Dempster.

Dem and Adamson are two of the most accomplished alpinists of their generation.

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