Peruvian police reported Tuesday that a group of specialized rescue agents were moving on foot the body of an American who fell into a crevasse while climbing a snowy peak in the Andes that is popular with mountaineers.
Captain Ismael Sudario of the High Mountain Police Rescue Department told The Associated Press by telephone that the body of Arthur Clarence Bigelow, 64, was found in an area far from the snowy Alpamayo. The police were able to identify him because they found his documents in his clothing. Bigelow lived in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Nine agents went out in search of the climber after an alert reported on Friday by other mountaineers who observed the accident.
Shroud indicated that the rescuers carried the body along a narrow path that takes about 12 hours to walk until they reach a town called Cashapampa, where they will board a police vehicle that will take the body to the police headquarters in the city of Caraz.
The Alpamayo has an altitude of 5,947 meters and is located within the mountain range known as the Cordillera Blanca. It has 14 routes to ascend to its top, but most of them require a high technical level.
According to the authorities, the peak season for climbers arriving in the Cordillera Blanca is between May and September.