Renowned American climber Charlie Fowler and high-altitude mountaineer Christine Boskoff have gone missing in central-western China.
The pair had been on expedition since the autumn, and were due to return home to the US on December 4th. When they failed to show up, friends began to get concerned, and eventually a search team visited the area.
The U.S. Consulate General has asked the provincial Foreign Affairs Office to coordinate a search with the local foreign affairs office and local police. They have sent two groups around the town of Litang to ask if anyone remembers seeing the Americans, and are checking with local hostels, monasteries, bus stations, and the Litang Climbing Association.
A blog has been launched to provide information about the search: http://fowlerboskoff.blogspot.com
All expenses associated with the Fowler-Boskoff search effort are at this moment not covered, so Telluride Mountainfilm has opened a new account under its non-profit umbrella to accept tax deductible donations - see here for more details.
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