Canada Squamish, B.C.-based climber missing in Alaska

06:46  10 march  2018
06:46  10 march  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Marc-Andre Leclerc of Squamish , B . C . is reportedly an experienced climber . (Marc-Andre Leclerc/Instagram). A search is underway for two missing climbers in Alaska , including one from B . C .

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A search is underway for two missing climbers in Alaska, including one from B.C.

Marc-Andre Leclerc of Squamish, B.C. and George Johnson of Juneau, Alaska were reported missing March 7 after being dropped off for a ski and hiking trip to Mendenhall Towers on the Juneau ice field three days before.

The pair, who are reported to be experienced climbers, were last in communication with family and friends on March 5, when Leclerc posted a photo to Instagram, according to Alaska state troopers.

They had planned to hike and ski back to Juneau via the West Mendenhall Glacier Trail, returning no later than Wednesday evening.

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Squamish , B . C .- based climber missing in Alaska . Eli said state troopers last told his mother, Michelle Kuipers, that the search was temporarily suspended because of weather conditions. He also said his brother has "incredible survival skills."

Alaskan State Troopers said a severe snowstorm hit the area that day. Relentless poor weather hampered search efforts, but crews were able to search the north face of the mountain on Tuesday. Related Stories. Squamish , B . C .- based climber missing in Alaska .

Neither Leclerc or Johnson is reportedly equipped with an satellite phone or emergency beacon.

'Significant snow storm'

Alaska state troopers said there was a "significant snow storm" in the Juneau area on March 7.

Alaska state trooper information officer Megan Peters said a search for the men is ongoing, weather permitting.

"During the initial search, their gear that would be used to ski out was located but no sign of the men," she wrote in a statement to CBC News.

"We know they sumitted the Mendenhall Towers because they posted/shared photos of them at the top on social media. Weather continues to hamper search efforts."

Peters said that an search aircraft was deployed on Friday, but turned back due to weather.

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