Two French climbers missing in Argentina

6th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 4 (AFP) - Two French climbers were reported missing Friday at the Aconcagua massif in western Argentina while they were attempting to reach the summit, said an official of Mendoza Province.

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 4 (AFP) - Two French climbers were reported missing Friday at the Aconcagua massif in western Argentina while they were attempting to reach the summit, said an official of Mendoza Province.

Damien Boitard and Stephane Malavasi, both 35, had ascended the south face, considered the most difficult route up the 6,959-metre Aconcagua, the world's highest peak outside of the Himalayas. Both men were understood to be accomplished mountaineers.

Helicopter searches had failed to find signs of the two since January 30, when their guide reported them missing after they failed to show up for a prearranged meeting, said Hugo Chavela, spokesman for the provincial natural resources directorate.

According to their plans, the two were to launch an attempt on the peak on January 25 and return on January 30. Their route was hit with a violent storm on January 29-30.

The chances of finding them alive were "low", given the time elapsed since their disappearance, said the official. The two carried radio equipment with them, but no signals have been received.

"Getting through the south face is a lottery", said Chavela.

© AFP

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