by Cy Kaicener » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:34 pm
by Puma concolor » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:11 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 14, 2018 — Arc’teryx Equipment is deeply saddened to learn that the search in Juneau’s Mendenhall icefield for missing Arc’teryx athlete Marc-Andre Leclerc, and his climbing partner George (Ryan) Johnson, was officially called off today by the Alaska State Troopers.
“It was an emotional decision to make for all concerned,” said fellow athlete and ACMG Guide Paul McSorley, who helped with the search alongside Marc-Andre’s family and partner Brette Harrington. “The Juneau Mountain Rescue team are volunteers and many are close friends with Ryan and knew Marc-Andre. We are all so grateful for their tireless dedication and determination to uncover what happened. I know this has been of great support to both families and friends looking for answers.”
The pair summited the Mendenhall Tower on Monday, March 5th and were expected back by nightfall on Wednesday, March 7th. Both men were familiar with the route and prepared appropriately for the conditions. When they didn’t return, extensive search and rescue efforts were deployed, but sadly were called off today after search teams discovered two ropes in the run out zone of the 4th gulley, matching the description of the gear carried by the climbers. “Significant avalanche dangers in the area are hindering a recovery at this time,” said Alaska State Troopers.
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