Gil Weiss, 29, right, and Ben Horne, 32, left
Unfortunately, they died whenever they fell because they had been there long in the snow,” he said from the nearby town of Huaraz, where he runs a guide business.
He said a private plane had helped the three-person search team piece together what might have happened. He said he would have a better idea of how the climbers died after examining photos taken by rescuers on-site.
Both Weiss, of Queens, N.Y., and Horne, of Annandale, Virginia, were experienced climbers. Weiss was a repeat visitor to the Cordillera Blanca while this trip was Horne’s first.
Both belong to the pullharder.org climbers’ collective and Horne wrote about the first, six-day leg of their trip on its blog, saying they had been buffeted by hurricane-force winds when the two reached the top of the 20,216-foot (6,162-meter) Ranrapalca.
After a rest in Huaraz, the two set out again on July 11 for an excursion of seven to 10 days. Their families contacted Alexander after 13 days passed with no word from them.