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Bad Weather and Avalanche Hazard ends Search for Micah Dash
Submitted By: John McNamee on Jun 11, 2009

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Bad weather and mounting avalanche danger has ended the search for for Boulder's Micah Dash, the last missing American climber on Mount Edgar, according to Xinhua News, China's government-run press agency.

"Weather condition is quite bad, with fog, rain, snow hampering the work," said Lin Li, general secretary of the Sichuan Mountaineering Association, according to Xinhua News. "Sometimes stones fell off the peak -- another avalanche is quite possible according to our experience."

Boulder-based climbers Jonathan Copp, 35, Dash, 32, and Wade Johnson, 24, were reported missing when they did not make their flight out of Chengdu on June 3. The climbers were in southwest China to attempt a new route on the Mount Edgar, one of the lesser peaks on the Gongga Shan massif at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

The bodies of Copp and Johnson have been recovered above the team's basecamp in avalanche debris, but a rescue team made up of four Boulder climbers -- Eric DeCaria, Nick Martino, Pete Takeda and Steve Su -- and four Chinese climbers were still searching for Dash.

According to Xinhua News, the rescuers began to descend from the mountain Thursday at noon -- or about 10 p.m. Wednesday Colorado time.

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By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Jun 11, 2009
An incredibly sad and tragic event. Words can't express my feelings right now and I barely knew Micah. I hate to think what family and close friends must be going through now.

My sincere sympathy to family and friends of Wade, Jonny and Micah.
By chelsea zanichelli
From: evergreen,co
Jun 11, 2009
unbelievable, things must be awful up there. thats too bad, i was hoping they'd find them alive. or at least find all the bodies. at least for the families.
By Buff Johnson
Jun 11, 2009
Bringing closure is important, but let's look to the safe return of everyone at this point given unstable conditions. For a lot of us, these things are never over until the sar effort safely ends. Micah can be brought home another day.

In light, I assume the event in Estes is still on; was planning to try and make it up there.
By squiddo
From: Mountain View, CA
Jun 11, 2009
This is so sad. Thoughts go out to this team.
By Russell Holcomb
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jun 11, 2009
This is an incorrect story. The search for Micah has not been called off, but just suspended temporarily for bad weather in the region. The american team on the site plans to go back up and search when the weather clears, but who know when that will be. The search for Micah's body is not over.
By chelsea zanichelli
From: evergreen,co
Jun 11, 2009
good to hear, that is the right thing to do. didn't know the 3 men but my boyfriend took classes w/ copp and dash so it's very sad to hear. they seemed like fun people.
By Gordon Douglass
Jun 17, 2009
Just wondering if they were wearing avalanche beacons. Anybody know?

Thanks - Gordon

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