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Photo: Base camp on India's Mount Kamet
Sue Nott resting on India's Mount Kamet

June 21, 2006: Editor's Note
The search for climbers Sue Nott and Karen McNeill on 17,400-foot (5,303-meter) Mount Foraker, in Denali National Park, has finally ended. The accomplished climbers were attempting the Infinite Spur route, considered one of Alaska's most difficult. Nott and McNeill set out from base camp May 14 with enough food for 10-14 days. Rescuers began searching for Nott and McNeill on the evening of Thursday, June 1. Some gear was found, including a damaged backpack believed to belong to Nott. Foot prints spotted from the air 1,000 feet (305 meters) below the summit appeared to cut off abruptly. The search ended on June 7. A series of articles about the search is available on Anchorage Daily News Web site (

This spring, we interviewed Nott about her climb of India's Mount Kamet for our back page (shown here). It ran in our June/July 2006 issue.

"I was listening to some music before setting up base camp at about 14,000 feet [4,267 meters] on India's Mount Kamet. Even during our downtime, I was superfocused on the goal—opening a new line on the east face. But nothing goes according to plan in the Himalaya. Over the next week we got hammered by 12 feet [4 meters] of snow and had to follow the standard route to the top. You just learn to take it all in stride."

Sue Nott, 36
Last October, Vail, Colorado-based Nott (pictured) and her climbing partner John Varco, 33, attempted a new route on Mount Kamet's east face but were shut down by unrelenting snow and avalanche hazards. Located near the India-Tibet border, the 25,447-foot (7,756-meter) mountain reopened to foreigners in 2000 after almost four decades. June marks the 75th anniversary of the first ascent of Kamet, led by Eric Shipton and Frank Smythe. At the time, the peak was the highest ever summited.

Photograph by John Varco

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