Peru: Body of American climber buried by an avalanche 22 years ago found in the ice

Source: SFGate

“Police in Peru said Tuesday they have found the cold-preserved body of an American mountaineer who was buried by an avalanche 22 years ago as he tried to climb one of the highest peaks in the Andes. Police in the Ancash region told The Associated Press they found the body of William Stampfl on Friday near a camp 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. The 58-year-old Stampfl had been trying to climb the 6,768-meter Mount Huascaran. Police said Stampfl’s body and clothing had been preserved by the ice and freezing temperatures. Stampfls drivers license was also found with his remains. It says he was a resident of California’s San Bernardino County. … Stampfl was with friends Matthew Richardson and Steve Erskine when they attempted the ascent in 2002. Erskine’s body was found shortly after the avalanche, but Richardson’s is still missing.” (07/09/24)