Three mountaineers, a Peruvian, a British and a Slovenian died as a result of an avalanche when they were trying to reach the summit of Alpamayo, in the Andes reported the High Mountain Division’s rescue unit of the National Police. The three were buried by the deadly avalanche on Saturday 30th June.
The rescue teams were able to locate the bodies of the climbers yesterday, Tuesday and began work to move the bodies to the municipality of Caraz, the closest to the snowy peak. They have been identified as Samuel Paul Richard Blelock from England, 27-year-old Eva Zontar of Litija, Slovenia, and Peruvian Guide Jamie Quintana Figueroa.
Alpamayo is considered one of the most beautiful peaks of the Andes making it a popular destination for mountaineers seeking to reach its peak, at just under 20,000-feet. The peak, inside the Huascarán National Park, is part of the Cordillera Blanca range, home to some of the highest mountains in Peru and the largest system of tropical glaciers in the world, which are sadly shrinking due to global warming.