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Wade Johnson's body found in avalanche debris as climbing tragedies mount

June 9, 2009 |  1:05 pm

Wade Johnson and dog Macho. Sad news continues to flow from the Himalayas and surrounding region.

On Monday, the body of Wade Johnson, 24, from Boulder, Colo., was found in avalanche debris on Mt. Gongga, in China's Sichuan province.

A day earlier, the body of Johnson's teammate and fellow Boulder resident, Jonny Copp, was found in the same debris. The search continues for a third teammate, Micah Dash.

For more on this developing tragedy or to donate to the rescue effort, visit Adventurefilm.org. A Facebook memorial page has been set up by Adventure Film Festival. The expedition consisted of photographers and filmmakers.

Elsewhere, news has emerged that Dutch mountaineer Dennis Verhoeve, 52, fell to his death while descending Cho Oyu last Tuesday. It was reported Friday on Mounteverest.net.

Also, Australia's Mick Parker reportedly succumbed to exhaustion and other factors in Katmandu, Nepal, after climbing Makalu, the fifth-highest peak in the world.

On Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak, the death toll stands at six.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Wade Johnson and dog Macho. Credit: Adventure Film Festival