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Micah Dash Search Suspended — Rescuers Descend Mt. Edgar

Submitted By: John McNamee on Jun 12, 2009


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Thursday June 11, 2009

The search for Micah Dash, the missing American climber from Boulder, Colorado, was suspended today because of bad weather on Mount Edgar in western China. The rescue team felt that Dash was unlikely to have survived the avalanche and is presumed buried under snow. The team evacuated the bodies of Jonny Copp and Wade Johnson, which are being transported to Moxi, a town about six hours from the mountain.

Xinhua News Agency in China reports that the eight rescuers—four Americans and four Chinese—descended on Thursday afternoon. Lin Li with the Sichuan Mountaineering Association said, “Weather condition is quite bad, with fog, rain, snow hampering the work. Sometimes stones fell off the peak, another avalanche is quite possible according to our experience.”

Adventure Film Festival notes today on their website that the search for Micah hasn’t been completed shelved, “The search team is resting and will resume searching for Micah when the weather clears.” Stay tuned and we’ll see what happens when the weather improves.

Pete Takeda, one of the American rescuers and a great alpinist, wrote earlier today on his Facebook page: “Pete Takeda , Steve, Eric, and Nick just got down from the mountain. We are all safe and sound. We brought Jonny and Wade down. Micah could not be found. Nick Rosen and Mick Follari met us at the trailhead. Thanks for the support. Words can't express our gratitude.”

Thanks, Pete and the rest of the rescue crew—Eric DeCaria, Steve Su, and Nick Martino—you guys rock in my book. You dropped everything you were doing, traveled to the other side of the world, hiked up to Base Camp, and then put your own lives on the line to bring your mates off the mountain, either dead or alive. That, my friend, is a shining moment in an otherwise bleak week of bad news.

Photograph above (omitted from post): Jonny Copp and Micah Dash at a snowy bivouac in the French Alps in 2008. Photograph courtesy Micah Dash

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By phil broscovak
Jun 12, 2009

According to the Adventure Film folks the search has only been suspended for bad weather. At least the American lads will go back up to continue. Slim hopes for a happy outcome but they mean to bring our brothers home. Jonny learned to walk in Tibet. It is powerfully poignant that Jonnys last steps were in the same country that his first were.

By Buff Johnson
Jun 13, 2009

Latest update (6-12-09) called for the end of the effort. The mountain seems to be too dangerous in order to work safely.


Nice event in Estes last night. You all did a good thing in an incredibly short amount of time.

By Mike Willig
Jun 14, 2009

Here's a tribute ....the picture on Jonny's camera is pretty eerie...it really takes you there.

By BRIAN S. ANDERSON
Jun 16, 2009

AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE OUTDOORS AND JUST BEGINNING MY JOURNEY IN TO THE CLIMBING WORLD, THE TRIBUTE TO THESE THREE HEROES REMINDS US JUST HOW POWERFULL THAT THIS SPORT, THIS PASSION, THIS PLANET CAN BE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEIR FAMILIES AND MY PRAYERS GO WITH THEM TO THE HEAVENS. I HONOR YOU, I RESPECT YOU, I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE AND YOUR PASSION. GODSPEED, HEROES OF THE VERTICAL WORLD, HEROES IN MY HEART. THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING ME TO CONTINUE IN MY DREAM TO VENTURE FURTHER IN TO THE WORLD OF CLIMBING. NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEASE, IN THEIR HONOR..........

By CTK
From: Scottsdale
Jun 24, 2009

The earth's human race has lost several more vibrant souls; godspeed.