Two climbers reported missing on California’s Mount Whitney are found dead

INDEPENDENCE, Calif. (AP) — Two climbers reported missing this week on California’s towering Mount Whitney have been found dead, officials said Thursday.

A friend who had been with the climbers called authorities Tuesday evening after they did not arrive at their campsite as planned, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The friend said the pair planned to ski or snowboard from the “notch,” a flat area where climbers often stop to rest, to their camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake.

A helicopter crew and teams on the slopes launched a search.

“Tragically, both hikers were later found dead,” the sheriff’s statement said. Their identities were not immediately released.

Because the bodies were located in neighboring Tulare County, the case is being handled by that county’s sheriff-coroner’s office.

Located in the central Sierra Nevada, with a summit of 4,420 meters, Mount Whitney is the highest point in the US outside Alaska.

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